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Lake Manawa Fishing Reports

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Manawa (Pottawattamie): Walleye fishing has been good on the south and east side of the lake. Boat anglers are casting jigs tipped with night crawler or minnow to shore with a slow retrieve back to boat. Crappie fishing has picked up in the canals casting small jigs around the docks. A few wipers are being caught by outlet casting twister tails with spinners.

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Lake is full with a slight algae bloom. Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having success using cut bait and shrimp on the south and west side of the lake. Fish are averaging 1-3 pounds. Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being caught on west side of lake drifting night crawlers.

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Manawa has 14 inches of ice. Crappies have slowed but anglers are still catching a few. Flutter Jigs tipped with a live minnow is working best.

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Water temperature is in the mid 60s. Crappie - Fair: Crappies fishing has slowed since last week. A few are still being caught in the canals. Sorting is necessary for 9 to 10-inch fish. Walleye - Fair: Anglers are still catching walleyes trolling shad raps on the west side of lake.

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Water temperature is in the mid 50s. Cooler water has slowed the crappie bite. Warmer weather over the weekend will help improve crappie fishing. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the south and west side with liver. Crappie - Fair: Crappies fishing has slowed. Three inch rubber shad has been working well for larger fish. Walleye - Slow: Anglers are still catching a few walleyes trolling shad raps on the west side of lake.

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Water temperature is cooling down and fishing for walleye has improved. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on the south and west side using dip bait, liver and crawlers. Fish are 2 to 6 pounds. Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught slowly trolling minnows or crankbaits on the west and south side of the lake. Most fish have been 18 to 22 inches.

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Manawa has variable ice thickness due to waterfowl. Drill holes often as you venture out. Most of the ice fishing has taken place around Boy Scout Island and the new and old beach. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught with minnows and wax worms. Most fish are 8 to 10 inches.

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Manawa has variable ice thickness due to waterfowl. Drill holes often as you venture out. Most of the ice fishing has taken place around Boy Scout Island and the new and old beach. Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught with minnows and wax worms. Most fish are 8 to 10 inches.

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What is the ice thickness like around this part of Iowa. I will be heading to council bluffs for a while for work and was wondering if the ice fishing gear is worth bringing with?

Thanks

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