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LarryClutch:
Iíve noticed in SW Iowa water levels in farm ponds are down 2-3 feel. Water is not going through the outlet. No sure if water is coming in to the pond. We may have a recipe for winter kill on our hands. Also it seems like the bite is slow in these ponds. Anyone else have similar experience?

Ice_Fly_Guy:
Yup, a Crawford County pond that I frequent is down about 1.5 feet.  I don't think this will cause a kill here, but the fishing definitely has been slower than in past years.  I hope we get a good rain or two in late March to help these places out.

bert29:
Yes, most local ponds, pits, and lakes are down from normal levels, but saving factor from possible winter kill will be lack of snow cover--sunlight and air (oxygen exchange from air through ice) getting through ice helps and also allows oxygen content to be higher than if we had a lot of snow cover on top of low water levels. And with warmer temps, shorelines will start opening up--again allowing oxygen exchange between air and water to increase. Doesn't look like any significant precip of any kind in near future either for this part of country!

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