(Area) Despite the above freezing temperatures and sunny skies in the forecast for the next couple of days, there has still been enough ice formation over the last two weeks to ensure safe ice fishing.
"People are finding anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of what looks like good clear ice on most ponds and lakes, so adequate ice to support people. I want to remind people or caution people that you never consider ice to be 100% safe.”
Brian Hayes is the fisheries biologist with the Iowa DNR and suggests taking a rope, flotation device, and ice picks with you no matter how thick the ice is. Lake Anita, Lake Manawa, Littlefield Lake, and Farm Creek are all places that have been popular. Hayes says the best ice fishing comes late in the evening.
“Fish get more active as the sun gets low in the sky. That's when you catch more of you bluegills. When it gets dark that's when you start catching crappies.”
Hayes says the DNR websites fishing report is a good reference to use before going out on the ice. You can find it at iowadnr.gov