Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with conditions ranging from 5-10 inches. There are still many spots in the main basins that are somewhat freshly covered so use caution when going out. The use of ATV's is also not recommended. Remember to bring a form of ice picks, a form of flotation, a friend, and to be smart out on the ice! Through New Years and this weekend temperatures should remain below freezing with highs being in the upper 20's to low 30's.
Bluegill - Good:
The walleye season is open. Ice conditions vary across lake seeing around 8 inches with some bad spots that have more recently frozen over in recent weeks, making ATV use not recommended. Many Bluegill can easily be caught, but a lot of sorting may be needed with many fish being 7.5-9 inches. The Crappie bite has also been good recently.
Yellow Perch - Fair:
Black Crappie - Good:
Source: Iowa DNR