Fishing report

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 12:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 7:25 a.m. CDT

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.

SOUTHWEST

Greenfield Lake

There is a good panfish population in Greenfield. The large size of bluegill in the lake is 8 to 9 inches and crappie range from 8 to 12 inches. Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in 12 to 14 feet of water using wax worms. Crappie - Slow: Crappies can be caught around cedar tree piles using minnows. Late afternoon has been the best time of day.

Littlefield Lake

Ice is 10 inches on the lake. There is a good year class of quality size crappies present in Littlefield.  Bluegill - Slow: Eight inch bluegills can be caught in 8 to 10 feet of water with wax worms.  Crappie - No Report:

Lake Anita

Ice is 9 to 12 inches at Anita. The lake provides quality ice fishing with good panfish populations.  Bluegill - Fair: Nine inch plus bluegill are being caught on wax worms in the campground arm of the lake. Crappie - No Report:

Viking Lake

Viking Lake will provide good crappie fishing this winter. The lake has 10 inches of ice.   Crappie - No Report: Try fishing 16 to 18 feet flats that are close to deeper water with wax worms or minnows to catch crappie that range from 8 to 10 inches.

Cold Springs District

Farm Ponds

Farm ponds are reported to have 10 to 12 inches of good ice. Remember to always get permission before fishing privately owned ponds.  Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel catfish can be a bonus catch while fishing for panfish on farm ponds.  Bluegill - Good: Fish with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms to catch bluegill. Generally the deepest part of the pond is the best place to start looking for fish. Crappie - Fair: Larger ponds that support crappie populations can be good in the late afternoon using glow in the dark jigs or minnows.

Ice conditions range from 9 to 12 inches in the southwest district. For more information on lakes in the southwest Iowa, call the district office at Cold Springs at 712-769-2587.

Lake Icaria

Most of the lake is ice covered with 8 to 10 inches. The sheltered areas may have ice more. Other areas might be marginal. Bluegill - Fair: Small to medium sized bluegills are being caught on wax worms near bottom.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to nine inches are being caught on minnows. Walleye - No Report.

Green Valley Lake

Most of the lake is covered with 5 to 11 inches of ice. A few anglers are fishing the tree pile just north of the center of the dam.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught on wax worms near the bottom.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught using minnows at 14 to 17 feet of water. Early morning and evening have been best.

Three Mile Lake

Most ice is reported to be 5 to 10 inches.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught using minnows along the flooded timber next to the channel. Early mornings and evenings have been best.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Most lake has 5 to 10 inches of ice. Some nearby areas will have less or have frozen recently. Check the thickness in several areas along you route.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught on wax worms near the bottom along the road bed.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught on minnows along the flooded timber next to the channel and along the old road bed.  Walleye - Slow: Few walleyes are being caught while anglers are fishing for bluegills and crappies.

Mt. Ayr District

Farm Ponds

Most of the traditional ice fishing ponds are producing good numbers of fish.  Most ponds are reported to have five or more inches of ice.

Ice fishing is picking up in the Southwest District. Farm ponds and small lakes are popular and the larger lakes have better fishing after dark. Ice conditions can vary. Small water bodies will have 5 to 12 inches and the larger ones will have less. For more information you can call 641-464-3108.

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