Fishing Report: Stay off Cedar River ice, look for deep water

If you are looking to catch some fish on the Cedar River above Nashua, stay off the ice and look for deep slack water along the shore, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources weekly fishing report:

Cedar River (above Nashua)

Unsafe ice conditions. Water levels are up from snow melt and clarity is marginal. Bluegill – Fair: 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 of water. Use minnows, waxworms, and multi-colored spikes on a teardrop shaped bladed lure. Walleye – Slow: Use jig tipped with plastic twister tail or minnow.

Clear Lake

Ice thickness is 16-20 inches. Avoid areas near the aerators. Yellow Bass – Good: The bite has picked up. Use light tackle and be mobile to stay on fish. The best bite is still at early morning and the last hour of light. Walleye – Fair: Try jigging spoons and minnow heads. The best bite is still at early morning and the last hour of light. Yellow Perch – Fair.

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