The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ fishing report for the week of Jan. 7, 2021 for southwest Iowa:
Lake Anita, Cass County, one mile south of Anita: Lake Anita is holding a large number of geese keeping a portion of the lake open. The upper end of the pontoon arm has 4 to 5 inches of ice. Bluegill — Slow.
Lake Manawa, Pottawattamie County, southwest edge of Council Bluffs: The dredging project has provided excellent habitat to find fish this winter. Expect good numbers of black and white crappies plus good walleye numbers.
Littlefield Lake, Audubon County, four miles east of Exira: Ice thickness is variable from 3 to 5 inches. Be prepared to find the cedar tree piles in the lake for best success through the ice. Bluegill — Fair.
Meadow Lake, Adair County, six miles northeast of Greenfield: Unsafe ice conditions. Meadow Lake will be a good ice fishing destination this year. It has a good population of 8-inch bluegill and 9-inch black crappie.
Prairie Rose Lake, Shelby County, eight mile southeast of Harlan: Prairie Rose is a top pick for lakes with large bluegills. It also has a small population of large black crappies.
Viking Lake, Montgomery County, four miles east of Stanton: The lake is holding a large number of geese. Viking has a very good crappie population that will provide good fishing this winter.
Ice conditions continue to be variable. Lakes in the northern part of the district average about 5 inches of ice. For more information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Green Valley Lake, Union County, 2-1/2 miles northwest of Creston: Ice thickness is about 6 inches at the south ramp and beach ramp. Black Crappie — Fair: Catch crappie up to 9.5 inches with jigs tipped with a minnow fished along deep cedar tree brush piles.
Lake Icaria, Adams County, four miles north of Corning: Variable ice conditions with 3-5 inches of ice. Geese are keeping some areas of open water.
Three Mile Lake, Union County, three miles northwest of Afton: Ice thickness is about 4-5 inches at the main boat ramp.
Twelve Mile Lake, Union County, four miles east of Creston: Ice thickness is about 5 inches at the east boat ramp and south boat ramp.
Most Mount Ayr district lakes have variable ice conditions with 3-7 inches of ice. The recent warm weather deteriorated the top couple inches of ice. If you venture out on the ice, use extreme caution and drill test holes often. Limited ice fishing activity observed this week. For more information, please call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at (641) 464-3108.