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ICE Series - Mille Lacs Press Release

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If you can get the following to your local paper, we would very much appreciate it. smile.gif

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
January 9, 2004

Contact:
IceLeaders
Rick Paquin 507-455-1504
[email protected]


I.C.E. Series Mille Lacs Challenge offers fun and learning for everyone

January 6, 2004 - Garrison, MN
On the heels of a fantastic Lake Winnibigoshish event, the I.C.E. Series turns its attention to the expansive frozen waters of Mille Lacs. Apropos of any true world-class fishery, anglers here often find their challenges met with glorious rewards: Walleyes galore, including unheralded numbers of 24 to 28-inchers; gator-sized northern pike rivaling any water in Minnesota; a increasingly burgeoning population of yellow perch; overlooked ciscoes that provide wonderful sport on panfish tackle; aggressive eelpout that mysteriously disappear in summer; crappies and sunfish of ponderous proportion, veiled in location, yet perhaps not so rare as perceived. Each fish can yield success, for the I.C.E. Series rewards anglers able to score on multiple species. It's also why, at the conclusion of the series, the top angler will be justly dubbed "Ice Fishing World Champion."

As participants gather at Fisher's Resort Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, fishing, food, fun, piles of great prizes and more promise another delightful ICE Leader's event. Saturday is tournament day, as anglers hit the ice at 8am, returning for a 2pm weigh-in. Top scoring fishermen receive trophies (see www.iceleaders.com for official tournament rules). Meanwhile many participants will also go home with some of the hottest new products on the ice scene. Sponsor prizes include:

路 Marcum LX-3 ice system 路 Otter Den ice shelter
路 Eskimo Barracuda power auger 路 Eskimo Quickflip ice shelter
路 Yukon Tracks hats 路 Thorne Brother's custom ice rod
路 LakeMaster lake maps 路 Custom Jigs and Spins tackle kit
路 Stone Legacy's "Unbucket" 路 Fishing DVD's by FishFever
路 Catch-N Tackle lures 路 Ryan's Racks ATV rack
路 Ice Buster Bobbers 路 Jammin Jigs and more!

In addition to great prize giveaways, industry experts and professional anglers will conduct seminars and product demonstrations right on the ice. A tailgate-style feast fit for any hungry angler caps off Saturday's festivities. On Sunday participants can further their fun and learning by joining guides, sponsors and FishingMinnesota.com Pro Staff for a full day of instructional fishing.

That's the I.C.E. Series: a fishing tournament, a meal, expert hands-on fishing instruction, prizes, new friends, and even a day's guided fishing on a renowned fishery. It's all this and more for about the same cost as bait. So sign up soon. Advanced registration for the event costs a mere $10, and must be done no later than January 17 by visiting the registration page on www.iceleaders.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the event for $15. Advanced registration guarantees a Saturday meal. For lodging information contact Fisher's Resort at (866) 684-2221. Lodging space may fill quickly, so advanced reservations are recommended. For more information about this and other ICE Series events, visit www.iceleaders.com or call Dave Hoggard at (507) 455-0152.

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I will try to get this to the paper, and I don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but I think that most newspapers will look at this as advertising because you are charging an entry fee. It may get in some papers, but you may find some unwilling to run it as is (unless you pay the going rate for advertising).

By the way...
"...crappies and sunfish of ponderous proportion, veiled in location, yet perhaps not so rare as perceived."
Who talks like that?
Sorry, man. Had to go there...

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ROFLOL,
I don't know, maybe newspapaer editorial staff write like that or talk like that. They are pretty smart folks and know their wordsmithing pretty good.

As for papers running a good number are already going to run it.

Jarrod, looks you see the world as the glass half empty ehhh?

I will give you a tip, if you look at it as half empty, guess what.... it most certainly is.

on the other hand....

If you look at it as half full, guess what smile.gif

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Jarrod,
I very much appreciate your tips too by the way. smile.gif

I just had to play a little there.

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Well, my wife is the editor of the paper here, and that is their policy...if there is a fee, it is considered advertising. I know that not all newspapers have the same policies...good to know that the word is getting out.

As for the glass being half full or half empty, well, it depends on what's in the glass... smile.gif

See you at Winni tomorrow morning...

[This message has been edited by Jarrod32 (edited 01-09-2004).]

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Hey Jarrod,
what a coincidence, my wife is a news editor at a nespaper. They won't run the press release because she's my wife and they worry about the appearnace of conflict of interest.

If you were at the Winnie event, I must have talked to you and not known it.

Anyway, those of you that can, please get the Press release at the very top of this topic out to your favorite newspaper.

They will sit up and notice it's a public interest press release if enough of you send it to them.

We appreciate all the help we can get here.

Some of you are also in the newspaper business. Your help is especially valuable.

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Yeah...I work for the City, and she covers City business, so we have to always be wary of conflict issues. But that's another discussion altogether.

And yeah..you saw me at Winni. I had to put that slot walleye back down the hole...

[This message has been edited by Jarrod32 (edited 01-12-2004).]

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Thank you very much Gretchen.

The timing should be fine all the way through next week Tuesday.

If anyone else can send it to their local paper we would very much appreciate it.

Hope to see you there as well smile.gif

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      Trout will be stocked on Friday, Oct. 26th at 11 a.m. Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is聽912.07聽msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl.聽The lake has risen over 6 feet since last week, so be aware of floating debris.聽Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.聽Channel Catfish -聽Fair: Use night crawlers聽or chicken liver in聽coves or areas with some water running into the lake. White Crappie -聽Fair:聽Try minnows around structure.聽Look for submerged trees and stumps..聽Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) -聽Fair: Troll crankbaits along rocky shorelines and around rock piles.聽Follow the gulls as they will be where the schools of hybrid striped bass are feeding.聽Try also vertically jigging spoon baits around rock piles.聽Walleye -聽Slow:聽Use night crawler rigs or聽jig and minnows聽around rock piles and submerged points.聽 Red Haw Lake
      Largemouth Bass -聽Good:聽Cast the shorelines using rubber worms or spinnerbaits.聽Black Crappie - Fair: Use tube jigs along the shorelines; try聽tipping the jig with a minnow .聽Bluegill -聽Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along the shorelines and around the聽fishing jetties.聽Channel Catfish - Fair: Try night crawlers聽or chicken liver聽around the fishing jetties聽and the outer edge of the lily pads.聽 The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa. 聽 Mississippi River Pool 16 Fishing Reports
      Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 16.21 feet and has been falling this past week. Flood stage for Lock and Dam 15 is 15 feet. Many of the boat ramps are inaccessible due to the high water. The ramps at Marquette St, Credit Island, Clark's Ferry, Shady Creek, and Fairport are all under water. Fishing has been slow with the high-water conditions.聽 Mississippi River Pool 17
      Tailwater stage is 16.92 feet聽at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine聽and has been falling this past week.聽Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet.The ramps at Big Timber and Kilpeck are closed due to high-water. Fishing has been slow.聽 Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage聽is 19.19聽feet at Lock and Dam 17聽above聽New Boston聽and is falling.聽Flood stage is 15 feet.聽The Toolsboro landing is closed due to high water. The Hawkeye Dolbee ramps will be underwater. The Ferry Landing is closed. Fishing has been slow with the high-water conditions.聽 Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is聽15.26聽feet at Lock and Dam 18聽above Burlington聽and is falling.聽Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. River stage is still above flood stage throughout the pools. River levels have been falling this past week. Most boat ramps are under water due to the flooding conditions. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
    • Iowa Fishing Reports by Region: NORTHWEST Black Hawk Lake
      Water temperatures are around 50 degrees.聽Bluegill聽-聽Fair:聽Use a small聽jig with a small聽piece of crawler fished under a bobber in 3-6 feet of water聽in Town Bay from the stone piers聽along the north shoreline of Town Bay along聽Ice House Point聽and near the inlet bridge.聽Largemouth Bass聽-聽Fair: Catch largemouth all over the lake using traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Black Hawk Lake.聽Yellow Perch - Fair:聽Catch perch up to 12 inches with small powerbaits like crappie nibbles, perch eyes and crawlers fished 2-4 feet below a bobber.聽 Brushy Creek Lake
      There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake, and a 40 inch minimum length limit for musky.聽Walleye聽-聽Fair:聽Troll slowly crawler rigs, minnows or leaches in 10-15 feet of water.聽Yellow Perch聽- Fair:聽Find perch along the vegetation.聽Largemouth Bass聽- Fair:聽Catch bass along weed lines near shore just about anywhere with traditional bass lures. There is a 15 inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass in Brushy Creek Lake.聽Bluegill聽- Fair:聽Try tube jigs tipped with crawlers in 5-15 feet of water.聽 Crawford Creek Impoundment
      Black Crappie - Fair: A recent survey showed crappie up to 10 inches along shore. Use minnows or crawlers fished below a bobber in the mornings and evenings. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use traditional bass lures along the shoreline.聽 North Twin Lake
      Water temperatures are around 50 degrees. White Crappie - Slow: A recent survey showed most crappie are 6-10 inches with a few up to 14 inches. Walleye - Slow: Walleye up to 27 inches have been seen in recent netting surveys.聽 Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
      Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day.聽Walleye聽- Fair:聽Use crawler rigs and troll crankbaits along the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake.聽Try twisters and leaches fished under a bobber from shore.聽White Bass聽- Fair:聽Use crankbaits and crawlers fished from shore.聽Black Crappie - Fair: A recent survey showed crappie up to 10 inches can be found near shore; use a crawler or minnow fished on a small jig below a bobber.聽 Water temperatures around 50 degrees in Black Hawk District lakes.聽For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638. 聽 Beeds Lake
      Black Crappie -聽Fair: Drift fish or troll with a tube jig or small minnow.聽Yellow Bass - Fair: Drift fish or troll with a small jig.聽Shore anglers should fish a small piece of crawler or cut bait off the bottom.聽 Clear Lake
      Surface water temperature is聽47聽degrees.聽Muskellunge - Fair: Fish the edge of the vegetation and near docks.聽Walleye -聽Good: Fish off the jetties after dark.聽 Crystal Lake
      Black Crappie -聽Fair: Drift or troll small tube jigs聽or a minnow聽in the dredge cut or on the edge of vegetation.聽Walleye - Fair: Try a jig and minnow in the area near the old road bed.聽 Rice Lake
      Yellow Perch -聽Slow: Use a small minnow or a plastic bait in the deeper water.聽 For information聽on the lakes and rivers聽in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.聽 聽 East Okoboji Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good:聽Excellent bite continues with聽good numbers of fish being caught. Cast mini-jigs or hair-jigs聽or use small baits tipped with wigglers.聽Don鈥檛 overlook the evening bite from docks as these fish will move shallow at dusk.聽Walleye - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught with traditional baits; good numbers of yellow bass are mixed in with the catch.聽Northern Pike -聽Good: Anglers report northern pike action on the lake;聽best area is where there is flow into the lake.聽 Lake Pahoja
      Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish being caught. Channel Catfish - Good: Report of a good fall bite with large angler acceptable size fish being caught.聽

      Lost Island Lake
      Yellow Bass聽-聽Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught with聽black crappie and yellow perch聽up to 10 inches聽mixed in the catch. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.聽Bluegill - Good: Recent surveys show numbers of fish聽approaching聽7 inches in the lake. Black Crappie - Good:聽Reports of fish being caught from the lake. Look for the bite to continue. Anglers are catching yellow perch and crappie from the shore.聽Walleye - Good: The fall walleye bite has started. Use traditional baits during "prime time".聽Yellow Perch聽 - Fair: Some fish are being caught in the evening from shore with walleyes mixed into the catch. Ocheyedan Pit #1
      Channel Catfish -聽Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of 17 -23 inch channel catfish.聽 Silver Lake (Dickinson)
      Walleye - Good:聽The fall walleye bite is on. Troll crankbaits during the day; wader fishing is your best chance to catch trophy size fish.聽 Spirit Lake
      Walleye -聽Good:聽The fall walleye bite has started with action improving. Wader angler action has picked up with the best bite during the evening.聽Yellow Perch - Good:聽Good numbers of fish are being caught with sorting needed; anglers continue to harvest numbers of angler acceptable size fish.聽Use mini jigs tipped with wigglers or a minnow.聽Northern Pike - Good: Angler reports of northern pike action on the lake; best area is where there is flow into the lake.聽 West Okoboji Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Rock piles in deeper water with stands of aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.聽 For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.聽 聽 NORTHEAST Cedar River (above Nashua)
      Water levels are falling with improved clarity. Please visit the USGS Water Data website for more information.聽 Decorah District Streams
      Check our fall community trout stocking schedule聽to find out when trout are coming to a lake near you. Catchable trout stocking is now unannounced. Stocking frequency and amounts are the same聽as conditions allow. Many trout streams run through wildlife management areas where hunting is allowed.聽Wear bright colors to be seen.聽聽Brown Trout -聽Fair:聽As brown trout start spawning, watch the stream bottom for cleared areas in gravel (trout nests). Avoid stepping in the nests. Use larger flies mimicking grasshoppers or minnows. Rainbow Trout - Good: Catch a freshly stocked trout with a small piece of worm or cheese on a hook under a bobber in a deeper hole.聽 Lake Hendricks
      Few anglers have been out.聽Water is clearing.聽Black Crappie -聽Fair: Shoreline anglers are using a tube jig fished under a bobber.聽 Lake Meyer
      Water temperatures are falling with improved clarity.聽Angling has been spotty.聽Bluegill 鈥 Fair. Black Crappie 鈥 Slow.聽 Turkey River (above Clermont)
      The Turkey River water levels are falling with improved clarity.聽Use care around swollen rivers.聽 Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
      Water levels are falling with improved clarity. Water temperatures are in the 50's. Visit the USGS Water Data website for current information. Use crankbaits or a hook tipped with a minnow in eddies and deeper water. Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
      Water levels are falling, but the river remains muddy. Water temperatures are in the upper 50's. Paddling activities are not recommended. Visit the USGS Water Data website for current information.聽 Area waters are slowly clearing, but water levels and flows are high. Rain Friday then clearing and cold. Temperatures in the upper 40's to below freezing at night.聽For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324. Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City
      Reports of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and some northern pike on the Cedar River in Black Hawk County. Walleye - Good: Use jigs and plastics in sandbar drop-offs or current breaks. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try jig and plastics or crankbaits. Northern Pike - Fair: Cast and retrieve spoons or crankbaits. Manchester District Streams
      Most Manchester District streams are in excellent condition. Flows will remain swift, but clarity should be good. Silver Lake (Delaware)
      Silver Lake is in excellent condition for angling, but there have been no reports. Bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and northern pike are the main species in this lake.聽 Rivers and streams are falling. There have been angling reports on the Cedar River. Trout streams should be in good condition for the upcoming weekend. Call the N.E. Iowa district office at 563-927-3276 for more information. MISSISSIPPI RIVER Mississippi River Pool 9
      River level聽at Lansing聽is expected to crest at 13.4聽feet聽and slowly recede over next week.聽Water temperature is near 48 degrees.聽New Albin ramp road is closed due to high water.聽The Lansing Village Creek ramp construction is complete and the ramp is open.聽Walleye -聽Fair: High water and current will make fishing difficult this week. Try fishing side channel sloughs with less debris and current.聽Yellow Perch -聽Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Look for fish out of the main channel using live minnow floated under a bobber.聽聽Largemouth Bass -聽Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs.聽Smallmouth Bass -聽Fair: Smallmouth action has slowed with the high muddy water. Cast inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current.聽聽Bluegill -聽Fair:聽Find bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs.聽Black Crappie -聽Fair:聽Expect the crappie bite to pick up聽this fall聽after the water clarity improves. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs.聽 Mississippi River Pool 10
      River level聽at Lynxville is expected to crest at 23.1 feet聽with a slow fall next week.聽Sny Magill road is closed due to high water.聽Water temperature is 50 degrees聽at the聽Lock and Dam 9.聽Walleye-聽Slow: High water and current will make fishing difficult this week. Try fishing side channel sloughs with less debris and current.聽Yellow Perch -聽Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Look for fish out of the main channel using live minnow floated under a bobber.聽Bluegill -聽Fair:聽Find bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from main channel and sloughs.聽Largemouth Bass -聽Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs.聽聽Smallmouth Bass -聽Fair: Smallmouth action has slowed with the high muddy water. Cast inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current.聽Black Crappie -聽Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs. Mississippi River Pool 11
      River level at Guttenberg is predicted to crest at 14.7 ft and gradually recede next week.聽Water temperature is聽46聽degrees聽at Lock and Dam 10.聽Walleye -Fair: High water and current will make fishing difficult this week. Try fishing side channel sloughs with less debris and current.聽Yellow Perch聽-聽Fair: Expect the perch bite to pick up into late fall. Look for fish out of the main channel using a live minnow floated under a bobber.聽Largemouth Bass聽-聽Good: Look for largemouth in the slack water areas off the main channel or running sloughs.聽Smallmouth Bass聽-聽Fair: Smallmouth action has slowed with the high muddy water. Cast inline spinners or crankbaits along rock or tree habitat in current.聽Bluegill -聽Fair:聽Find bluegills in clearer water with slow current in backwater areas away from the main channel and sloughs.聽Black Crappie -聽Fair: Expect the crappie bite to pick up this fall after the water clarity improves. Try tube jigs or minnow under a bobber in submersed trees in the backwater sloughs.聽 Upper Mississippi River levels cresting this week. Many ramps are under water. Water clarity is poor with a lot of debris. Water temperatures are near 50 degrees. Fish are starting to move toward the overwintering holes.聽
      聽 Mississippi River Pool 12
      Water levels will rise this week and peak near a predicted 14.8 feet at the Dubuque Lock and Dam and 16.8 feet at the RR bridge.聽Water clarity聽is fair.聽The water temperature is around 52聽degrees.聽Channel Catfish -聽Good:Try stink bait or worms near shore.聽Channel cats feed heavily near shore during flooded conditions聽especially along rock shorelines.聽Freshwater Drum -聽Good:聽Most anglers use a simple egg sinker and worm rig.聽Drum will be hanging out near shore in moderate current areas.聽 Mississippi River Pool 13
      Water levels will rise this week and peak near a predicted 15.7 feet at the Bellevue Lock and Dam.聽Water clarity is聽poor. Avoid large tributary streams as they are muddy.聽The water temperature is around 53聽degrees. The north ramp at Sabula is not in use this year due to bridge construction.聽Channel Catfish -聽Good:聽Try stink bait or worms near shore.聽Channel cats feed heavily near shore during flooded conditions especially along rock shorelines.聽Freshwater Drum -聽Good: Fish worms with an egg sinker in moderate current areas聽near shorelines.聽 Mississippi River Pool 14
      Water levels will rise this week and are predicted to be 15.5 feet at Fulton Lock and Dam, 17.1 feet at Camanche and 10.7 feet at the LeClaire.聽These are Action and Moderate flood levels.聽Water clarity is聽poor.聽The water temperature is around聽53聽degrees. Channel Catfish -聽Good:聽Try stink bait or worms near shore.聽Channel cats feed heavily near shore during flooded conditions especially along rock shorelines.聽聽Freshwater Drum -聽Good: Use a simple egg sinker/worm rig in moderate current areas.聽 Mississippi River Pool 15
      Water level is predicted to be near 17 feet. This level is in a moderate flood stage, so boating is not advisable. Water clarity is poor. The water temperature is around 53 degrees.聽聽 Significant flooding in much of the district. Water levels range from Action to Moderate flood stages. Most of the smaller boat ramps are usable and will have water and debris on them.聽If you have any angling questions, please contact the Bellevue Fisheries Station 563-872-4976.

      聽 Mississippi River Pool 16
      Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 16.21 feet and has been falling this past week. Flood stage for Lock and Dam 15 is 15 feet. Many of the boat ramps are inaccessible due to the high water. The ramps at Marquette St, Credit Island, Clark's Ferry, Shady Creek, and Fairport are all under water. Fishing has been slow with the high-water conditions.聽 Mississippi River Pool 17
      Tailwater stage is 16.92 feet聽at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine聽and has been falling this past week.聽Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet.The ramps at Big Timber and Kilpeck are closed due to high-water. Fishing has been slow.聽 Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage聽is 19.19聽feet at Lock and Dam 17聽above聽New Boston聽and is falling.聽Flood stage is 15 feet.聽The Toolsboro landing is closed due to high water. The Hawkeye Dolbee ramps will be underwater. The Ferry Landing is closed. Fishing has been slow with the high-water conditions.聽 Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is聽15.26聽feet at Lock and Dam 18聽above Burlington聽and is falling.聽Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. River stage is still above flood stage throughout the pools. River levels have been falling this past week. Most boat ramps are under water due to the flooding conditions. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062. SOUTHEAST Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
      The fall trout release will be Oct. 27th at 10 am; 1000 trout will be released with 100 trout tagged for prizes.聽Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Two weeks to go until the release聽 Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
      NOAA is forecasting the Iowa River to still be above flood stage through the end of next week. Lake Belva Deer
      Still plenty of water leaving the lake. Water clarity is almost back to normal. Water temperature is in the low to mid 50's. Black Crappie聽- Fair: Cappies are sticking to the deeper water; drift the lower end of the lake. Start in 16 to 18 feet of water and work your way into shallower water until you find fish. Largemouth Bass -聽Slow: Picking up a few bass in the more shallow water along the rocks and gravel bottom areas.聽聽 Lake Darling
      Water level is still about 6 inches above normal. Water clarity continues to improve. Water temperature is in the low 50's.Bluegill - Fair: On the less windy days, anglers are catching some nice bluegills in 5 to 8 feet of water around the habitat. Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are starting to once again catch some crappies, but they have moved back out to deeper water (10-12 feet). Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some decent bass in fairly close to shore; use a little flash to the lure with the water clarity. Lake of the Hills
      The fall trout release聽of 2000 trout聽is scheduled for Oct. 20th at 10:30 am; there will be 200 tagged trout for prizes.聽Rainbow Trout - Good: Since the river is still going to be above flood stage, why not try a little trout fishing this Saturday?聽 Lost Grove Lake
      Bluegill - Fair: Get back into the standing flooded timber out of the wind; look for fish to be in 6 to 8 feet of water. Maybe a little shallower on the north side when it鈥檚 sunny. Black Crappie - Fair: Still are out in deeper water; they should start moving in shallower if the weather calms down. Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
      The river is off the boat ramp parking lot at Brighton and continues to drop. Level is still above flood stage. Wilson Lake
      The fall trout release is scheduled for Oct. 27th at noon; 1000 trout released with 200 tagged for prizes.聽Rainbow Trout - Good: One week to go!聽 For more information on the聽above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430. Central Park Lake
      The lake is full after the renovation project; fingerling fish have been stocked.聽 Coralville Reservoir
      The lake level is at 711' (normal pool is 683.4') on 10/18. This is the crest height; the lake is predicted to slowly start falling after the weekend. Diamond Lake
      The lake is at normal level, but is still a little muddy. Minnows are not allowed here.聽Bluegill - Fair: Use small worms or jigs tipped with worms.聽Black Crappie聽-聽Fair:聽Anglers are catching fish off the jetties. Jigs tipped with worms work best.聽Most fish are 8-9 inches.聽聽聽 Kent Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained for a lake restoration project.聽 Lake Macbride
      The motor restriction is off; any sized motor may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph).聽Water temperatures have been in the mid 50's.聽The fish cleaning station at the primitive campground has been shut down.聽Black Crappie聽-聽Fair: Use jigs or minnows over brush聽or rock.聽There are a lot of 12 inch fish right now.聽Walleye聽-聽Fair: Troll crankbaits in 8-14 feet of water.聽The shallow water bite should pick up along windblown rock especially towards evening.聽Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass)聽鈥撀燜air: Try topwater baits early and late then troll during the day.聽 Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still about 1 feet low.聽The fish cleaning station is closed. White Bass 鈥 Fair. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) 鈥 Fair. Bluegill - Fair: Fish along weed lines in 7-9 feet of water. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615. 聽 Lake Keomah
      Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs聽tipped with live bait聽near shore聽and around the fishing jetties.聽Black Crappie - Fair:聽Try a jig tipped with a minnow around deep structure.聽Try different depths until you find active fish.聽Channel Catfish - Fair:聽Use stink bait or chicken liver.聽Largemouth Bass - Fair:聽Cast the shoreline with spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Try a rubber worm or a crawdad imitation around the fishing jetties and along the dam.聽 Lake Miami
      Largemouth Bass - Fair:聽Cast crankbaits or spinnerbaits around the cedar tree piles and the fishing jetties. Try also rubber worms or other plastic along the rip-rapped shorelines and in the cedar tree piles.聽Bluegill - Fair: Use聽a chunk of night crawler聽along the fishing jetties or around the cedar tree piles.聽Black Crappie - Fair: Try jig and minnow combinations around the cedar tree piles.聽 Lake Sugema
      The south boat ramp off of Highway 2聽has been reopened.聽The north ramp is now closed due to a construction project.聽聽Largemouth Bass -聽Fair:聽Cast the shorelines with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Use crawdad imitations along the rip-rapped shorelines and the fishing jetties.聽聽Black Crappie - Slow:聽Try different depths with minnows and jigs until you find active fish. Drift or use a slip bobber and a minnow.聽Bluegill - Fair: Try聽live bait tipped on a small jig聽around the shorelines and聽fishing jetties.聽Keep moving until you find active fish.聽Walleye - Slow: Use a nightcrawlers rig or a jig and minnow combination along the dam.聽 Lake Wapello
      Channel Catfish -聽Fair:聽Use聽chicken liver or聽night crawlers; look for areas with some water flow.聽Largemouth Bass -聽Good:聽Cast spinnerbaits or crankbaits around the cedar tree piles. Try crawdad imitations along the rip-rapped shorelines.聽Bluegill - Fair:聽Cast small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler around the aquatic vegetation.聽Black聽Crappie -聽Fair:聽Drift or troll jigs tipped with a minnow in 6-10 feet of water.聽 Ottumwa Park Pond South
      Trout will be stocked on Friday, Oct. 26th at 11 a.m. Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is聽912.07聽msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl.聽The lake has risen over 6 feet since last week, so be aware of floating debris.聽Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body.聽Channel Catfish -聽Fair: Use night crawlers聽or chicken liver in聽coves or areas with some water running into the lake. White Crappie -聽Fair:聽Try minnows around structure.聽Look for submerged trees and stumps..聽Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) -聽Fair: Troll crankbaits along rocky shorelines and around rock piles.聽Follow the gulls as they will be where the schools of hybrid striped bass are feeding.聽Try also vertically jigging spoon baits around rock piles.聽Walleye -聽Slow:聽Use night crawler rigs or聽jig and minnows聽around rock piles and submerged points.聽 Red Haw Lake
      Largemouth Bass -聽Good:聽Cast the shorelines using rubber worms or spinnerbaits.聽Black Crappie - Fair: Use tube jigs along the shorelines; try聽tipping the jig with a minnow .聽Bluegill -聽Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along the shorelines and around the聽fishing jetties.聽Channel Catfish - Fair: Try night crawlers聽or chicken liver聽around the fishing jetties聽and the outer edge of the lily pads.聽 The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa. 聽 SOUTHWEST Banner Lake (south)
      Rainbow Trout - Good: Trout will be stocked on Thursday, Oct. 25th around 11:00 a.m. Use small in-line spinners, casting spoons, twister tail or tube jigs and live minnows. Beaver Lake
      Black Crappie - Fair: Troll twister tails or tube jigs in the top 3 to 8 feet of water throughout the lake for 9.5 to 10.5 inch crappies Big Creek Lake
      Walleye -聽Fair:聽Troll聽spinner rigs with night crawlers or lindy rigging with crawlers on the bottom in 8 to 15 feet of water.聽Start out from the marina and the humps out from the west shoreline between the 100th Street Boat ramp and the West Ramp bay.聽Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Good: Troll聽silver colored聽live bait rigs and shad imitating crankbaits聽throughout the mid-lake portion. The hybrids are still young, so the upper end on size is around 19 inches.聽Black Crappie - Good: A decent fall crappie bite has started. Drift or troll jigs on the upper end聽and bays in the lower half of the lake聽or cast jigs around the rock jetties.聽 Don Williams Lake
      Black Crappie - Good: Good numbers of crappies are being caught trolling twister tail or tube jigs in the upper half of the lake mostly from the boat ramp to 100 yards up from the beach. Many are young fish just under 8 inches, with some bigger ones mixed in.聽 Lake Petocka
      Rainbow Trout - Good: Trout will be stocked on Wednesday, Oct. 24th around 11 a.m. Use small in-line spinners, casting spoons, twister tail or tube jigs and live minnows. Terra Lake
      Rainbow Trout - Good: Terra Lake in Johnston has been added to the community trout stocking program. The first stocking will be Wednesday, Oct. 24th around 1 p.m. Use small in-line spinners, casting spoons, twister tail or tube jigs and live minnows. For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers, call聽Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885. 聽 Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond)
      Around 1000 rainbow trout will be stocked on Oct. 25th at 2 p.m. This is a good time to get a kid out fishing. Trout are fun to catch and readily bite on lures and baits used for bluegill and crappie. Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
      Pond fishing should pick up with a stable weather pattern. Always get permission to fish privately-owned ponds.聽Bluegill聽-聽Slow:聽Try fishing 4 feet below the surface for suspended fish.聽Largemouth Bass聽-聽Slow:聽Largemouth bass are active in the fall and can be caught with a variety of lures and plugs.聽Channel Catfish聽-聽No Report:聽Try聽cut bait or commercial stink baits聽around deep structure.聽Black Crappie -聽No Report: Find crappies suspended and around structure.聽Minnows are a good bait in the fall.聽 Greenfield Lake
      Fishery surveys this fall show a large year class of 7 to 8 inch black crappie and bluegills averaging 8 inches.聽 Lake Anita
      Anglers are still waiting for the fall panfish bite. Water clarity is good. Temperatures are in the low 50's.聽Bluegill -聽Slow:聽Anglers are having a tough time finding bluegills. Look for bluegills close to the creek channel during the day. Slow troll small jigs tipped with crawler for fish up to 9.5 inches.聽聽Black Crappie聽-聽Fair:聽The early morning crappie bite is best. Slow troll聽small crank baits聽or small jigs tipped with power bait to catch 9 to 11 inch fish.聽Anglers using minnows report catching limits.聽Largemouth Bass聽-聽Fair:聽Throw spinners along the vegetation and plastics around deep structure during the day聽 Lake Manawa
      Fishery surveys this week showed good numbers of black and white crappies in the canals.聽聽Channel Catfish -聽Slow:聽Channel catfish have slowed a bit, but anglers report catching fish around Boy Scout Island. Fish will average 2 to 5 pounds.聽White Crappie - No Report:聽Try minnows under a bobber in the canals.聽Black Crappie - No Report: There is a good population of black crappies in Manawa.聽Walleye - No Report: Look for fall walleye on the edge of dredge cuts. Manawa has a good walleye population.聽 Littlefield Lake
      Water clarity is starting to improve. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers report catching bluegill in 2 to 5 feet of water close to cedar tree piles. The large size of fish in Littlefield are 9 plus inches. Black Crappie 鈥 Slow. Nodaway Lake
      There is a good population of 9 to 11 inch black crappie in the lake. Water clarity is fair.聽Black Crappie - Slow: Fish the tree piles with minnows for black crappie up to 11 inches. Bluegill - Slow: Nodaway bluegills are 8 inches.聽 Prairie Rose Lake
      Anglers are having trouble finding panfish in Prairie Rose.聽The lake has quality sized bluegills and acceptable size聽crappies.聽Bluegill聽-聽Slow:聽Look for fish around underwater reefs and in brush piles.聽Bluegills in Prairie Rose are聽8 to 9.5 inches.聽Largemouth Bass聽-聽Fair: There is a large population of 12 inch bass in the lake that offers fun聽catch and release fishing.聽Black Crappie - Slow:聽Try vertical jigging or minnows under a slip bobber in the brush piles to catch 10 plus inch black crappies. Be prepared to lose tackle.聽 Viking Lake
      The pontoon area will is closed starting for repairs to the seawall.聽The project is expected to be completed by the end of October.聽Channel Catfish聽-聽Fair: Cast liver聽in the pontoon area of the lake.聽Sorting is needed for larger fish.聽Black Crappie聽-聽Fair:聽Use tube jigs聽around trees in 12 to 14 feet of water聽early in the morning and late afternoon. The fish are averaging 9 inches.聽Largemouth Bass聽-聽Slow: Jig plastics in deeper brush piles聽during the day and cast shallow structure early morning for largemouth bass of all sizes.聽 Fishing has been slow in the southwest district. Trout will be stocked on Oct. 25th in Big Lake. For more information, contact the Cold Springs office at 712-769-2587. 聽 Green Valley Lake
      Bluegill -聽Slow: Catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches with聽worms fished聽along the fishing jetties聽and shallow bays.聽Black Crappie -聽Fair: Catch crappies up to 9 inches聽using聽worms or small spinners聽near cedar tree brush piles.聽Channel Catfish - Slow: Catch channel catfish up to 16 inches with worms or prepared baits fished near the spillway.聽 Little River Watershed Lake
      Largemouth Bass -聽Slow:聽Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught using finesse plastics or jigs fished near cedar tree brush piles.聽Bluegill -聽Slow: Catch bluegills up to 9 inches with聽worms fished聽near聽cedar tree brush piles聽and shallow bays.聽Walleye -聽Slow: Catch walleye up to 22 inches using minnows聽or crankbaits聽fished along the roadbed or main lake points. Three Mile Lake
      Walleye -聽Slow: Catch walleyes up to 18 inches with crankbaits聽or minnows fished along the fish mounds or the dam聽in the evenings.聽Black Crappie - Slow: Use jigs or minnows fished along the fishing jetties.聽 Twelve Mile Creek Lake
      Largemouth Bass -聽Slow: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught with聽finesse plastics聽fished along聽cedar tree brush piles.聽Bluegill -聽Slow: Catch bluegill up to聽8.5 inches with worms fished in shallow bays聽and cedar tree brush piles.聽Walleye -聽Slow: Catch walleyes聽of all sizes聽using聽minnows or crankbaits fished聽along the roadbed or main lake points.聽聽Black Crappie -聽Fair: Catch crappie up to 9 inches with聽minnows聽or small spinners聽fished near cedar tree brush piles. Water temperature in most district lakes聽is聽in the mid to upper 50's.聽The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke and Madison counties.聽For more information, please call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108. 聽 MISSOURI RIVER Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
      Channel Catfish -聽Fair:聽During high water levels, try聽below flooded wing dams and聽close to the bank or slower flooded areas from shore. Smaller tributaries should also be good, where channel catfish will find refuge from faster currents.聽Use worms, cut bait, or dip baits.聽Freshwater Drum - Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River. Blue Catfish -聽Good:聽Anglers report catching a few blue catfish on rod and reel and trotlines. Use live bait or fresh cut bait with live bait rigs along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River.聽Flathead Catfish -聽Fair: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel using live baits (chubs, bullheads, green sunfish). Fish below the wing dam tip, near rock structures, logs and along the bank with deeper water nearby.聽Walleye - Fair: With water temperatures cooling off fishing should be pick up for sauger and walleye. Expect to see some quality fish that moved downstream during the high water from Lewis and Clark Lake/Gavins Point Dam.聽 Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
      Channel Catfish聽-聽Fair:聽During high water levels, try聽below flooded wing dams and聽close to the bank or slower flooded areas from shore. Smaller tributaries should also be good, where channel catfish will find refuge from faster currents.聽Use worms, cut bait, or dip baits.聽Freshwater Drum聽- Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River.聽Blue Catfish聽-聽Good:聽Anglers report catching blue catfish on rod and reel and trotlines. Use live bait or fresh cut bait along wing dam tips or in or close to the main channel of the Missouri River.聽Flathead Catfish聽-聽Fair: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel using live baits (chubs, bullheads, green sunfish). Fish below the wing dam tip, near rock structures, logs and along the bank with deeper water nearby.聽Walleye - Fair: With water temperatures cooling off fishing should be pick up for sauger and walleye. Expect to see some quality fish that moved downstream during the high water from Lewis and Clark Lake/Gavins Point Dam.聽 Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
      Channel Catfish聽-聽Fair:聽During high water levels, try聽below flooded wing dams and聽close to the bank or slower flooded areas from shore. Smaller tributaries should also be good, where channel catfish will find refuge from faster currents.聽Use worms, cut bait, or dip baits.聽聽Freshwater Drum聽- Fair: Try using live bait rigs or jigs tipped with worms along the bank and around tributary stream or rivers where they join the Missouri River.聽Blue Catfish聽-聽Good: Anglers are catching a few blue catfish聽on rod and reel and trotlines聽with fresh cut bait or live bait.聽Try by the wing dam tips, close to or in the main channel of the Missouri River for your best chance at getting bigger blue catfish.聽Flathead Catfish -聽Fair: Flathead catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reel using live baits (chubs, bullheads, green sunfish). Fish below wing dam tip, near rock structures, logs and along the bank with deeper water nearby.聽Walleye - Fair: With water temperatures cooling off fishing should be pick up for sauger and walleye. Expect to see some quality fish that moved downstream during the high water from Lewis and Clark Lake/Gavins Point Dam.聽 The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 29.78 feet (flood stage is 35 feet)/73,800 cfs./59 degrees. Missouri River water temperatures are down 6 degrees from last week and water levels are up .01 feet from last week. Water levels continue to be up due to recent rains in the Missouri River watershed.聽
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