Iowa DNR Fishing Report – January 9th

Oldham Lake

No recent ice depths have been reported.  Crappie – Fair: Fish have been caught using minnow heads, plastics or wax worms on small ice jigs.

 

Brushy Creek Lake

Ice conditions have been reported as variable, with 12-16 inches and anglers should constantly check thickness when moving around.  Bluegill – Slow: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics around submerged trees and brush piles.  Keep moving to locate active fish.  Crappie – Slow: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics around submerged trees and brush piles.  Keep moving to locate active fish. Yellow Perch – Slow: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics around submerged trees and brush piles. Keep moving to locate active fish.  Walleye – Slow: Use jigging lures tipped with a minnow head or dead-stick rod with live minnow along creek channel edge and brush piles at sunrise or sunset.

 

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Ice conditions have been reported as ranging from 15-20 inches. The geese still have a small open hole between the islands. All walleye between 17-22 inches must be immediately released and no more than one over 22 inches may be kept per day.  The daily limit is three.  White Bass – Fair: Fish are being caught on 1/16 ounce buckshot spoons tipped with minnow heads in 5-6 feet of water. Mostly small fish.  Walleye – Fair: Fish are being caught on 1/16 ounce buckshot spoons tipped with minnow heads in 5-6 feet of water. Mostly small fish with a few in the slot.

 

Browns Lake

No ice depths have been reported recently.  Bluegill – Slow: A few bluegills have been caught with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics.  Crappie – Slow: A few crappies have been caught with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics.

 

Snyder Bend Lake

Ice depth has not been reported.  Bluegill – Slow: A few gills have been caught with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms.  Crappie – Slow: A few crappies have been caught with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms.

 

Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)

Bluegill – Slow: A few fish have been caught at sunset with small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics.

 

Sturchler Pit (Newell Pit)

Bluegill – Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with live bait or plastics.  Mostly small fish are being caught but there are a few keepers.  Crappie – Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with live bait or plastics.  Mostly small fish are being caught but there are a few keepers.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Use small ice jigs tipped with live bait or plastics.  Mostly small fish are being caught but there are a few keepers.

 

Arrowhead Lake

Ice depths have been reported between 10-16 inches.  Anglers should still frequently check ice depth when moving around.  Bluegill – Slow: Use small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or plastics.  Yellow Bass – Slow: Use small ice jigs tipped with minnow heads at sunset.

 

Black Hawk Pits

Recent ice reports have had ice averaging 8-12 inches.  Bluegill – Slow: A few fish have been caught on wax worms with a small jigging lure at sunset.  Largemouth Bass – Slow: A few bass have been caught by panfish anglers.  Crappie – Slow: Fish small ice jigs tipped with a minnow head around standing vegetation at sunset.

 

Lizard Lake

Yellow Perch – Slow: A few fish have been caught with minnows or wax worms.

 

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Ice conditions are highly variable and extreme caution should be used if going out on the ice.  Walleye – Slow: Ice conditions are highly variable and should be checked frequently.  A few smaller walleye have been caught in deeper holes with jigging lures tipped with a minnow head or a dead-stick rod baited with a live minnow or chub.

 

Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)

Ice conditions are highly variable and extreme caution should be used if going out on the ice.  Walleye – Slow: A few fish have been caught in wintering holes using minnows/chubs on dead-stick rods or tipping a jigging lure with a minnow.

 

Even with recent cold weather check ice depth regularly if venturing out on ice.