Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
bryguy247

Clear Lake Iowa Fishing Reports

Recommended Posts

Take a look at the fishing section on the Iowa DNR site. There is a story about a 30# 47" Musky caught by a guy on his first cast of the year. It was witnessed by a CO and the CO helped him land and release it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The bite has been real slow so far with all this cold weather. There have been a few walleyes and that nice 47" muskie caught in little lake with Ventura Marsh flowing in there. Dredging is not supposed to be done until this fall.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

clear lake got hit hard over the last few years. they had a real goot year class that got fished out. clear lake will be slow for years to come for walleyes. were is the slot limit for the lake?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I believe the slot is still 14" - 22" with only one over 22" with a daily limit of 3, but don't quote me on that. I think the lake should fish great. Last year we went in April and we had a good day, but 75% of the fish we caught were to small to keep. So if everyone is playing by the rules, than there should be a new batch growing into that slot limit this year. As for catching any of great size, I would say is not that great. Our largest fish last year was 19", with the keepers right at the 15" mark. You couldn't keep those yellow bass off the line, so it was fun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

From the regs.

"Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo County

All walleye must be over 14 inches in length.

Keep only one walleye over 22 inches in length"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i would like to see the slot 14 to 18 or maybe 20. hopefully the fishing will pick up

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe they should adopt the same regs the IGL's are bound to. 3 fish limit, no mim lenth ( personaly I wish we still had a 14" min) 17-22 protected slot ( wish this had been set to 24" or better) only 1 over 22

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A tight slot limit wouldn't bother me at all. I like eating the little ones and throwing the big ones back anyways. Some days we throw everything back anyways. I just like to fish. Its the sport!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice!! I think I am gonna try on the weekend of the 11th and 12th to see what we can do. I'll let ya know how we do

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thats not true. We caught about a hundred saturday that were five to thirteen and a half inches lol. Out of all those fish we did get one keeper that was 18inches but that is pretty bad that we could only pull one keeper in. But on the good side it seems they have a good class of those that are a half an inch short which should be legal here soon, but it probably wont take long for them to get fished out. They definatly need to do something to this lake so this wont be a problem i think a slot would be the best thing for it i mean look at how spirit lake is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thats not true. We caught about a hundred saturday that were five to thirteen and a half inches lol. Out of all those fish we did get one keeper that was 18inches but that is pretty bad that we could only pull one keeper in. But on the good side it seems they have a good class of those that are a half an inch short which should be legal here soon, but it probably wont take long for them to get fished out. They definatly need to do something to this lake so this wont be a problem i think a slot would be the best thing for it i mean look at how spirit lake is.

We fished it hard all winter and spring. yes we caught a few keepers... but not many for all the hours we put in. Legal walleyes on clear lake are few and far between. FISHED OUT! I talked to 3 clear lake DNR this weekend and they say the same thing. talk to the DNR and other fisher man that know and fish the lake hard... wish it was not true:(

catch and release!

slot limit!

will be traveling to other lakes

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Clear lake iowa made the news today. DNR reports that the keeper size walleyes are fished out!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I highly doubt they came out and made a news story on this. I looked on the kimt HSOforum and i never saw any story of this sort.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Clear lake iowa made the news today. DNR reports that the keeper size walleyes are fished out!

Could you provide a link to the "news" in question?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is true! Some one had to watch the the news? Help me out here!? It was on mid-day and at 1015pm. It was the highlight of the news today 5/14.

They report numbers are way way down. Few keeper eyes and a bad year classes to come. They blamed it on heavy fishing pressure, water quality, and the floods. People are bailing out of the walleye classic! Saying....its a waist of time and no fun fishing in a tourny when we are not cathcing anything. People are going to other lakes.

i also went to kimt.com and could not find the story!? idk y because it was a cover story for the news. Word will get around

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Since it's a stocked fisherie it will be back soon. People swore there was no decent eyes left here either, spring netting proved otherwise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

DNR had to gill net spirt because they could not get enough walleyes.... that alone should tell us something. I did talk to the DNR and they said they did net a few big ones but not very many and the numbers were not there. If you watched the news you would of heard that. also they said that the fry walleye didnt do well at all do to the floods. numbers are way down, and walleye fishing is proving to be a waist of time on clear lake. Wait for walleye classic results....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It will rebound, walleyes run in cycles anyway. They always net Spirit, not just when Clear doesn't produce. I help net the IGL's and East, West and Spirit are netted, depending on weather one always outdoes the others. Maybe the yellow bass eat all the fry who knows.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Well I had a little project that we found after buying our camper used. It had a leak in the back corner which 3 other same type campers in our camp ground had in the same spot. I sealed the roof a few years ago but have not had time to tackle the soft floor in that corner. Spent one weekend ripping out to find out what I had and a 3 day weekend repairing it. Had to build boxes as new supports to tie into the good wood past the rotted area. Really glad there were two metal frame supports under that end as I could span them with the new wood. Re-insulated and put new plywood down and it's looks great. Now my wife doesn't have to worry about getting into her side of the bed without going through the floor!        
    • Well I guess I could close the loop on my water heater since I finally had time to look at it.     I haven’t pulled the element yet but have filled the water and run through everything with my meter.  I’m 99% sure it’s the element.  I have 120V to it and it Ohms out at 2.  I figure that’s the water giving me that reading since the elements should Ohm out at 10 or more.  Basic rule I learned in shop: Power to the load; load don’t work; load is broken.  Looks like a $15 part.   What I did enjoy learning is getting the propane part of the heater operational.  Never had that before since the wire harness was apparently always disconnected from the ignition module.  I plugged that in and she fired right up.   Now to get my sealants put on tomorrow and clean and lube the bumpout gaskets.  I bought some LED light bulbs to try also.  And time to get a bigger TV installed in the main living area.  That 13 inches just doesn’t cut it with my eyes anymore!
    • Prespawn might be a stretch but I bet you see them on the beds.  Late start/almost no spring in these parts but the water has warmed quickly once the ice finally left.   Last weekend, at about the same latitude as OTC (assuming that’s where you’re headed) the males were all over in the shallows.  Didn’t see many bass beds yet and didn’t see any big females but they’re getting close.  Didn’t have a way to check temps so I can’t tell ya that, just what I saw.   Heading to Ely this weekend - I’ll have temps and observations from there next week.
    • So Fenton is the pick, maybe we can sell off our talent and pickup some middling speedsters/diamonds in the rough and make a vegas like run. 
    • It is not looking good from our end. I finally got Morgan out yesterday and she came to full draw on a nice tom but he busted her on the draw and scooted out of there. I got a shot off at him at 20 yards and he was walking and I didn't quite lead him enough. I clipped feathers back in high but he was fine otherwise.   I have family obligations this coming weekend and stuff going on the following weekend. There's a good chance that our turkey season is over.  If this was Ryan without the tag he would be pushing hard and still chomping at the bit to shoot something. Morgan is much less concerned with filling her tag.    Unpunched tags drive me completely crazy! But it looks like we will have some in the Engel household this year. Sorry team! Good job to you guys who managed to get it done and my apologies that we couldn't hold up our end of the bargain. Well... Ryan did, but Morgan and I couldn't do it this year. Next time!
    • The lake was low when we fished it but they only closed the dam days before ,, should be able to get under the bridge to get to Little yellow ,,, I have not heard that the crappie action was going well tho ,,, Did catch some decent pike  but no walleyes 
    • How high is the water, wondering if we can get into little yellow this memorial weekend or not.  How was fishing?    
    • Here are a couple pictures from our WI season. We were able to take 5 birds. Two of us had two tags and one buddy just had one tag. Really think the predators in the area have these birds learning to be silent. They do not gobble much and if they do it’s mainly morning before fly down 2 or 3 times at the most. Over that last 5 years it’s been like this the first 10 years gobbling was heard through the day but now you don’t hear that gobbling in the distance or to calls very often. Still come to calls but almost ways silent now which is fine they still come in.   Finally all done and food plots are almost finished love the spring time.