Smith Lake had about four inches of ice right off the end of the boat ramp last. Last two days have made ice questionable at best. Limited fishing activity this week. Conditions are sure to improve after the cold front arrives.
There were a few anglers out last week but no reports on success. Ice thickness is probably around 3-4 inches.
A few anglers have ventured out late last week near Farmer’s Beach on the south shore. They were picking up some yellow bass with a few crappies. Others have tried just off the McIntosh and Ventura boat ramps with limited success.
There was five inches of ice on Nov. 28; down to three inches Dec. 4 due to rain and warmer temps. Anglers were doing well on yellow bass 7-8 inches in size.
Little Wall Lake
Ice is unsafe at Little Wall Lake.
One report of an angler catching bluegills in eight feet on the edge of the dredge cut this past weekend.
Blue Pit was stocked with 1,500 catchable size rainbow trout on Nov. 27th. They were not hit very hard by anglers before it froze up so there are good numbers yet. Ice is unsafe right now but may be good on the weekend. Four inches minimum is recommended for foot travel.
Around three inches of ice.
Reports on ice thickness of area lakes have been from 2-4 inches at the beginning of this week. It has melted some the last day or two, but the weather forecast shows colder temps this weekend, so that should add some more. Four inches of ice is recommended for anglers traveling by foot with minimal gear.
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Big Spirit Lake
Iowa Great Lakes – Ice conditions have been questionable thru Dec. 5, however; colder than normal temperatures expected the next few days should improve ice conditions.
1,500 rainbow trout were stocked Nov. 9th.