Fishing report: Drop a minnow in Cedar River for crappies

It’s cold out, so it’s time to go fishing. Here is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources weekly report on some area fishing holes:

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Ice conditions may change fast with warmer temperatures. Backwaters have about 20 inches of ice. Use caution when going on ice. Check ice depths often. The bite is variable. Bluegill – Slow: Find fish in slack water out of current. Stumps, brush piles, and deep holes hold fish. Use small jigs tipped with spikes or waxworms. Black Crappie – Fair: Find fish in 8-10 feet water. Use minnows, waxworms, and multi-colored spikes on a teardrop shaped bladed lure.

Blue Pit
Trout are still being caught. Fish near the pier with small jigs tipped with live bait. Rainbow Trout – Fair.

Clear Lake

Ice thickness is 17-20 inches. Avoid areas near the aerators. Ice heaves have made access on the lake difficult in spots.Yellow Bass – Good: The bite has picked up. Use light tackle and be mobile to stay on fish. The best bite is still at dawn and the last hour of light. Walleye – Fair: Try jigging spoons and minnow heads near the island. The best bite is still at dawn and the last hour of light. Yellow Perch – Fair.

Rice Lake
Ice thickness is 17-21 inches. Avoid areas near the aerators. Walleye – Slow.