Fishing Report for the Weekend of 1/20/17
The fish are still biting so get out and enjoy our beautiful state. Here is the Iowa DNR Fishing Report for the weekend of 1/20/17. Be careful out there if you plan on being on the ice.
Cedar River (above Nashua)
A few anglers have braved the backwaters and impoundments. Use extreme caution when going on river ice. With recent rainfall events, water levels are jumping around causing pockets in the ice; check ice depths often. Eight to 12 inches of ice have been reported in the backwaters. Bluegill - Slow: Use a small jig tipped with a spike or wax worm. Black Crappie - Slow: Find crappies around submersed trees or logs. Use small jigs tipped with a minnow head. Walleye – Slow.
Decorah District Streams
Urban catchable trout stockings are in full swing. Check our webpage for dates and locations. Streams are in good condition but flows are up. Gravel roads in our area are in poor condition due to continued rain and fluctuating temperatures. There is about 3 to 4 inches of crunchy, granular snow on the ground. Brook Trout - Good: Use flies or lures that look like sculpins, dace or suckers. Brown Trout - Good: Anglers have had success using a nymph rig with a scud dropper, but most fish were hitting wet flies. Rainbow Trout - Good: Use black fly midge or hares ear wet flies in the riffles. Slowly pull a black bead head fly with a yellow scud dropper through the upper and lower ends of pools for trout in deeper water.
All parking lots are now open. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the ice. The aerator is on so be careful; there is open water around it. Ice depths are 8-10 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Use small brightly colored jigs tipped with a spike. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Try a small spinner tipped with a wax worm. Black Crappie - Fair: Use small brightly colored jig tipped with a wax worm near the bottom.
Lake Meyer currently has 12 inches of ice, but it may decrease with predicted rain and warm temperatures. The edges may get soft. Water clarity has decreased with visibility of about 5 feet. Fish activity has been variable. Anglers need to move around to find fish. Midday bite has been best. Bluegill - Fair: Use a wax worm or red or white spike. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are seeing fish on cameras; use a jig tipped with wax worms. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are sitting higher off the bottom and are being more finicky.
Turkey River (above Clermont)
Use extreme caution when going out on Vernon Spring impoundment. River water levels are fluctuating due to recent rainfall events. Check ice depths often. Ice depths vary greatly in areas with varying flows. Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappies around downed trees and submerged logs out of the current. Use a jig tipped with a wax worm. Walleye - Slow: Find walleye in the deeper holes around current breaks.
Volga Lake is reporting 8 inches of ice. Ice is getting a bit poky with freeze thaw cycles. Fish activity is best early to mid-morning. Bluegill - Fair: Use small brightly colored jigs tipped with a wax worm along the dam and universal access dock. Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappies around brush piles early season.
Be ready for a soggy, foggy weekend in Northeast Iowa. Daytime high temperatures will be in the low 40's with rainfall predictions less than 1 inch over the weekend. Rain will weaken the ice as well as cause rising water levels. Use extreme caution when going out on the ice. Check ice depths often especially where there is current or springs. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
(Source: Iowa DNR)