Iowa ice anglers: Enjoy, but tread lightly
Ice fishing is in full swing in Iowa. Still, anglers should note that the quality of ice over parts of central and southeast Iowa has been reduced by the unseasonably mild weather and Christmas Day rainstorm, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported Thursday, Dec. 29. The impact was minimal on lakes and ponds in southwest and across north Iowa, the IDNR said.
Yes, with a current central Iowa forecast filled with high temperatures ranging from the middle 40s to middle 30s and lows ranging from 20 to 30 degrees, anglers will want to proceed with caution and pay attention to ice conditions.
At a minimum, 4 inches of clear blue ice is recommended for fishing. Be especially careful on ice around submerged trees and emergent vegetation as this ice tends to be weaker. If the ice does not look right, find a different spot.