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Iowa Fishing Report for March 10

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing
report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information
heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled
from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel
surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information,
contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at
the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST

Crawford Creek Impoundment

There is about 7 to 8 inches of ice, but it is getting soft. Fair
numbers of bluegill and a few crappies have been caught in 12 feet
of water. Use extreme caution if going ice fishing.

Brushy Creek Lake

There is open water around the beach. Ice conditions elsewhere on
the lake are not safe.

Bacon Creek Lake

1,500 rainbow trout were stocked on January 8. Anglers need a trout
stamp in addition to their regular fishing license to fish for or
keep trout. Daily limit of trout is 5.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Ice conditions are poor throughout most of the lake, especially
around the shoreline. Anglers will have difficulty getting on the
ice. The marina is completely open.

Swan Lake

Ice conditions are poor throughout a large portion of the
lake.

Browns Lake

Ice is about 10 inches near the boat ramp, but conditions are
extremely variable throughout the lake. Crappie fishing has been
fair with the occasional bonus walleye.

Snyder Bend Lake

Ice conditions are poor with a lot of holes opening up.

Arrowhead Lake

Ice is around 12 inches thick.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Most of the river has opened up, but ice conditions are
unpredictable.

Ice conditions are degrading. For more information on the lakes and
rivers in this area contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black
Hawk Fish Management Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake

Bluegills are biting on wax worms, fishing near structure.

Lower Pine Lake

No activity.

Lake Smith

Fishing has been slow, a few bluegills and yellow perch are biting
in the late afternoon.

Clear Lake

The ice has deteriorated enough that vehicle usage is not
recommended. Yellow bass fishing is still fair; the best bite is
from 5 p.m. until dark, on the Little Lake fishing in about 7 to 12
feet of water using minnows or cut bait. A few walleyes are being
caught using the same method.

Lake Cornelia

Fishing is fair for 7 to 9-inch yellow perch. The best bait is cut
bait on a jig.

For more information on fishing in the area lakes and rivers, call
the Clear Lake fisheries office at 641-357-3517.

Lake Pahoja

Bluegill – Good: Anglers are reporting good catches of bluegills.
Crappie – Good: Some crappie are being caught while fishing for
bluegill.

Big Spirit Lake

Ice conditions are beginning to deteriorate again at accesses.
Recent heaves of ice have made Marble Beach, Buffalo Run, and
Mini-Wakan unsafe for driving. Hales Slough access is still in okay
condition, however, that can change quickly with warming
temperatures and new snowfall. Bluegill – Good: Anglers are
reporting good numbers of bluegill fishing by the North Grade from
the road to the footbridge, as well as in Angler’s Bay. Use caution
at the grade as the inlet has opened up in the past few weeks.
Crappie – Good: Anglers are reporting good numbers of crappies
while fishing in Angler’s Bay. Yellow Perch – Good: Not much
pressure has been put on Spirit this week with failing ice
conditions. Fish are being caught on the main lake basin using
small ice jigs tipped with wigglers, wax worms, and artificial
blood worms. Anglers are experiencing successful catches on the
Marble Beach, Big Stoney, Templar Park, and Cottonwood points. Some
success has been reported in Angler’s Bay.

West Okoboji Lake

Vehicle travel is no longer advised on West Okoboji. Use extreme
caution if deciding to drive onto the ice. Northern Pike – Good:
Anglers are reporting some northern pike on tip-ups in shallow
water in the bays. Bluegill – Good: Fish in the bays with small ice
jigs tipped with wax worms/wigglers or plastics. Bluegills are
still aggressively biting, but sorting is needed for larger
bluegill. Yellow Perch – Good: Some anglers are reporting good
catches of perch off of Triboji access, Eagle Point and Haywards
Bay.

Trumbull Lake

Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers are reporting good catches of perch on
the south side of the lake.

Scharnberg Pond

Rainbow Trout – Good: Anglers have reported limits of trout fishing
in shallow water, and throughout the water column.

Ice conditions are still good once you get out on area lakes;
however extreme caution should be used near shorelines and
accesses. Most accesses are no longer safe on area lakes to drive.
Also, remember that walleye season is now closed on Big Spirit,
East Okoboji, and West Okoboji until May 7.

NORTHEAST

Lake Hendricks

A few anglers have been out on the ice. The best time to fish is in
the evening. Please use caution when going out on the ice. Bluegill
– Fair: Big bluegills have been hitting on wax worms.

Lake Meyer

Use caution when going out on the ice. Lake Meyer has had very few
anglers out this week. Bluegill – No Report:

Decorah District Streams

Many of the stream flows are up but running clear to slightly off
color later in the day. For the fly angler, try using Griffith’s
gnats. For the spin fisher, jigs and poppers work well for this
time of year. The Proposed 2011 Trout Stocking Schedule is now
available on the website at
http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/news/stockrep/trout.html.

Ice conditions vary. Please use caution when going out on the ice.
Many of our trout streams are in good condition and fishable but
flows are up. For more information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery
at 563-382-8324.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)

There have been some reports of walleye and northern pike being
caught on the Cedar River. Northern Pike – Good: Try concentrating
near open backwater areas or below dams using chubs under a bobber
or larger artificial baits as the pike spawn approaches. Walleye –
Fair: Jig and minnow combinations work well in open water areas
this time of year.

Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

Reports have been of some walleye and northern pike being caught on
the Shell Rock River. Northern Pike – Fair: Try concentrating near
open backwater areas or below dams using chubs under a bobber or
larger artificial baits as the pike spawn approaches. Walleye –
Fair: Jig and minnow combinations work well in open water areas
this time of year.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)

The Wapsipinicon is slowly rising and is at 6.43 feet as of the
morning on March 10. Open backwater areas or below dams could
provide some good fishing for northern pike with these conditions.
Northern Pike – Fair: Try concentrating near open backwater areas
or below dams using chubs under a bobber or larger artificial baits
as the pike spawn approaches.

Few anglers are still getting out on area lakes but reports are
slow, ice fishing is not recommended due to poor ice conditions at
this time. Most interior rivers are open now and have been
providing some angling opportunities for walleye and northern pike.
Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further
information contact the Manchester district office at
563-927-3276.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

Tail water stage at Lansing is 8.5 feet and falling. Ice depth is
okay in some areas but that could change with the warm weather.
Please use caution in places like Minnesota Slough. Driving
vehicles on the ice is not advised. High water levels in the river
have made many pockets of treacherous ice. Bluegill – Fair: The
upper portions of DeSoto Bay on the Wisconsin side continues to see
lots fishing pressure. Greens Lake as well has seen some pressure
but fish have been running small. Yellow Perch – Fair: The yellow
perch bite usually gets better later in the ice fishing season.
DeSoto Bay has produced a lot of perch and ice is still decent in
places. Perch bite has been on and off daily. Sauger – Good: For
anglers venturing into Minnesota and Wisconsin waters the sauger
bite at the Genoa Dam has been good with heavy fishing
pressure.

Mississippi River Pool 10

Tail water stage at Lynxville is 16.5 feet and falling right now.
Some good ice conditions remain but water is rising and open areas
exposed along the edges. Lynxville tail water is open. Yellow Perch
– Fair: Some nice perch reported from sloughs in the Prairie Du
Chien area. Some anglers still fishing on Gremore Lake but please
use caution. Sauger – Good: The tail waters still have a lot of
current due to the high water going into the winter. This has made
fishing for sauger challenging as they may not be staging in their
normal locations. Walleye – Fair: Some smaller walleyes are being
caught on jig and minnow.

Mississippi River Pool 11

Guttenberg tail water stage is 8.4 feet. A few safe ice areas
exists in select backwaters but use caution when ice fishing. The
city ramp at Guttenberg is launchable. Anglers can call the DNR
office in Guttenberg for current conditions. Yellow Perch – No
Report: During later season ice often yellow perch fishing can get
better. Perch can withstand a slight bit of current and sometimes
are found in backwater areas with minimal flow. Sauger – Good: Some
sauger are being caught in the tail water on jigs and minnows or
3-way rigs. Anglers are encouraged to call the DNR office in
Guttenberg for current ramp conditions but as of March 10, one lane
of the Guttenberg City ramp was launchable. Walleye – Fair: A few
smaller walleyes are being reported mostly being caught on 3-way
rigs or jig and minnow.

Ice conditions on many backwaters is still good but the condition
of the ice could change with the rising river. Check ice frequently
as ice is uneven in depth. Unsafe ice condition could develop
around shorelines and areas with current should be avoided.

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 9.73 feet. Ice fishing is
not advisable due to unsafe ice conditions. Sauger – Slow: A few
anglers are catching saugers on jigs and minnows below Lock and Dam
15. Walleye – Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 8.71 feet. Ice fishing is
not advisable due to unsafe ice conditions. We have received no
tail water sauger fishing information for this pool. Sauger – No
Report:

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 10.31 feet. Ice fishing is
not advisable due to unsafe ice conditions. Channel Catfish – Fair:
Channel catfish are being caught on shad guts fished above wing
dams. Sauger – Slow: Some saugers are being caught fishing
jigs/minnows or jigs/plastics around wing dams. Walleye – Slow:
Some walleyes are being caught fishing jigs/minnows or
jigs/plastics around wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 7.23 feet. Ice fishing is
not advisable due to unsafe ice conditions. Tail water fishing has
been slow. Sauger – No Report: Walleye – No Report:

Pools 16-19: Ice fishing in the backwaters is not advisable due to
unsafe ice conditions. River levels are still above normal which
has made tail water fishing for saugers and walleyes tough. For
more fishing information on Pools 16-19 contact the Fairport Fish
Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHEAST

Lake Geode

UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS. There are several areas of open water.

Lake Belva Deer

UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS.

Lake of the Hills

UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS

Crawford Pond

UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS

Lake Darling District Farm Ponds

UNSAFE ICE CONDITIONS, Many of the smaller ponds out in the open
are now ice free.

For more information on the above lakes, call the Lake Darling
fisheries station at 319-694-2430

Iowa Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water
body this week.

Kent Park Lake

Ice fishing is not recommended. The edges of the lake are melting
and ice conditions are poor.

Lake Macbride

Ice fishing is not recommended. The edges of the lake have melted
and the main lake ice is poor.

Central Park Lake

Ice conditions look questionable. Ice fishing is not
recommended.

Pleasant Creek Lake

Ice conditions are poor. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Diamond Lake

Ice conditions are dangerous. Ice fishing is not recommended.

Otter Creek Lake

The ice is dark and the edges are melting. Ice fishing is not
recommended.

Union Grove Lake

Ice fishing is not recommended. The aeration system has been shut
off and there is a large area of open water down by the dam.

Coralville Reservoir

Nearly 75 percent of Coralville Reservoir is open. Most boat ramps
are still inaccessible due to ice along the shorelines. As of March
10, the lake level is 680.2 feet and is predicted to fall to 679.3
feet by March 14, and hold this level for the spring.

Iowa River (Coralville Lake to River Junction)

As of March 10, the flow from the “tube” is 3,140 cubic feet per
second (CFS). It is predicted to jump to 3,900 CFS and hold through
the weekend. Starting next week, the flows are predicted to slowly
fall.

Prairie Park Fishery

Ice conditions are poor. Ice fishing is not recommended.

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station
at 319-624-3615.

Red Haw Lake

Ice conditions are not safe for anglers. The ice has started
melting along the shoreline creating quite a bit of open
water.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)

The lake has been drained for a lake renovation and work has begun
around the lake. New fish habitat areas are being built along with
some new jetties.

Lake Miami

Ice conditions are not safe for anglers.

Lake Sugema

The lake now has open water with all the ice melting. Fishing has
been slow.

Rathbun Reservoir

The lake level is at 902.92 feet with 904.0 feet being normal pool.
Ice conditions are not safe for anglers. The lake is approximately
80 percent ice covered. Anglers are reminded that walleyes have
been tagged in Lake Rathbun and if tagged fish are caught please
take the time to look under the jaw of the walleye to check for a
tag. Please call the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with any
tagged walleye information or questions. Outlet Park will be closed
from March 16 to 25, for an Army Corps of Engineers project.

For further fishing reports in south central Iowa, call the Rathbun
fish hatchery at 641-647-2406

SOUTHWEST

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Walleye – Slow: Anglers below the Saylorville spillway are catching
a few walleye. The better bite is during lower water releases. The
fish have been good size. Anglers are also beginning to target the
Boone Waterworks Dam and Fraser Dam. There has been little success
so far, but should improve soon if water conditions stay the way
they are. Bounce a jig tipped with a minnow, twister tail, or ring
worm like soft plastics through the current seams.

Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock)

Walleye – Fair: Walleyes are being caught below the Red Rock
spillway. They are being caught throwing jigs with twisters or jigs
with minnows.

Central Iowa ice conditions have become poor and variable from lake
to lake. Ice fishing is not recommended. The best fishing for now
is walleyes and catfish in the rivers below dams and spillways. For
questions on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy
Otting at 515-432-2823.

Lake Icaria

The lake has bands of open water near shore. Some small areas are
starting to open up in the middle of the lake. Boat access would be
difficult at this time.

Green Valley Lake

The water level is down about 12 feet for the sediment removal
project. The edges have open water and the catfish should be
starting.

Three Mile Lake

Some narrow bands of the edges are open but most of the lake is
covered with poor quality ice.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Some portions of the edges are open and others are still iced in.
Boat access is not possible at this time. The existing ice looks
very poor.

All of the snow has melted again. The farm ponds and small lakes
south of Highway 34 are completely open. The large lakes have open
water around the edges and poor ice in the middle. The boat ramps
at the big lakes are not always ice-free. The lakes along Highway
92 have a lot of ice remaining with small areas of open water
around the edges.

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