Crappies are being caught in the canals if there is open water. Crappie - Fair: On warm afternoons when skim ice goes away, crappies can be caught using minnows under a bobber.
Lakes in the southwest district are skimming over with ice. Forecasted cold temperatures should get us closer to ice fishing season. For more information call the district office at Cold Springs at 712-769-2587.
Fogle Lake S.W.A.
The water level is down about 7 feet to allow boat ramp repairs and crowd the fish to increase predation. The repairs are complete. The water level will be allowed to rise as run-off occurs. The ramp is usable with care and ice fishing access should be normal.
Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
The lake has been drained to allow the construction of a wetland and shoreline stabilization to be completed.
Green Valley Lake
The water level is still down about 3 feet. The ramps are easily accessible.
The spillway replacement project is complete but run-off has not refilled the lake. Restocking and boating will occur when water levels rise.
Three Mile Lake
The water level is down about 4 feet but the ramps are easily usable.
Twelve Mile Creek Lake
The water level is down about 3.5 feet but access is easy. Crappie - Good: A few anglers are still enjoying the crappies bunched up around the deeper flooded trees. The side-scan fish finders are helping anglers locate schools.
The water temps are in the upper 30s. Skim ice is starting to form on the small water bodies along shore and in the quiet bays.