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Offline LarryClutch

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Southwest Iowa
« on: Dec 25, 2017, 08:25 PM »
Anyone checked any ice?  I was going to go tonight but it was dark when I got home. Going to try to check in a couple days around council bluffs. I will post what I find.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #1 on: Dec 25, 2017, 08:29 PM »
Fished Blackhawk yesterday. Found 4 inches. Most of the lake just froze Thursday.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #2 on: Dec 25, 2017, 11:05 PM »
checked a few ponds today down here in nw missouri.  had between inch and a half to 2".  will prob still be a few days before we get on any safe ice down here.  temps looks pretty good here for the next few days.  off work till the 3ed so hopefully can get on and get a few days in before back to the grind. 

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #3 on: Dec 26, 2017, 07:21 AM »
Larry C:
I'm planning on going out somewhere today around Glenwood (Manawa, Pony Creek). I would think after last night's cold in low single digits, we'd have 3-4" inches of good solid ice in many areas. At least check out ice conditions anyway!


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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #4 on: Dec 26, 2017, 08:56 AM »
Good luck Bert. Stay safe.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #5 on: Dec 26, 2017, 11:21 AM »
Anyone been around Littlefield or Anita.  Would like to try this weekend.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #6 on: Dec 26, 2017, 05:42 PM »
I did not venture on ice today (I had other things I needed to do) but did drive aruond most of Manawa and from what I could see it was buttoned up, but not sure about ice thickness. I did see on east side where someone had drilled a few holes, but with temps getting down to almost -10 here in SW Iowa tonight, I'm guessing ice will be good to go on most areas tomorrow!

Some friends and I are going to try a few ponds near Glenwood area tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll be able to get into some huge gills and crappies!

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #7 on: Dec 27, 2017, 04:37 PM »
Stopped at Woods in CB and talked to Vicki this afternoon...she said the ice on Manawa currently varies from 3.5" to 5" with the best ice being off the south shore boat ramps. Headed out myself this weekend as all of our SW Iowa waters should be good to go by then I'm guessing.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #8 on: Dec 27, 2017, 08:14 PM »
Canít wait to hear how everyone did and how the ice is thanks for any info

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #9 on: Dec 27, 2017, 08:58 PM »
I am planing on checking tomorrow after work and Iím planning on going out Saturday in eastern cass county. I will report.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #10 on: Dec 28, 2017, 06:39 AM »
Stopped at Woods in CB and talked to Vicki this afternoon...she said the ice on Manawa currently varies from 3.5" to 5" with the best ice being off the south shore boat ramps. Headed out myself this weekend as all of our SW Iowa waters should be good to go by then I'm guessing.
Do thy have wax worms in yet! Or I guess I could just call them!
Keep it safe! JDL

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #11 on: Dec 28, 2017, 08:15 AM »
Bass pro had some last weekend not sure about woods yet how ever if they are out petco should have some

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #12 on: Dec 28, 2017, 10:31 AM »
Went out yesterday at a farm pond North of Red Oak found 5.5 inches close to shore and 3.5 out a ways of crappy ice.  Bite was slow with only seven bluegills.  But I did catch one monster bluegill that was 11 inches long and weighed 22.45 ounces or 1.4 lbs, my all time largest by far. Going to be a great year!





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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #13 on: Dec 28, 2017, 10:37 AM »
Nice fish, congrats!!

Offline hewzehs

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #14 on: Dec 28, 2017, 11:37 AM »
Going out later today around CB or Glenwood.  I will report back the ice conditions. :)

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #15 on: Dec 28, 2017, 12:23 PM »
Those are some nice gills! I canít wait to get out.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #16 on: Dec 28, 2017, 04:27 PM »
That bluegil is a pig.Nice!

Offline LarryClutch

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #17 on: Dec 28, 2017, 07:07 PM »
5 inches of ice northwest of cb 10 miles or so.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #18 on: Dec 28, 2017, 07:56 PM »
Stopped by Manawa real quick. Ice was 5 inches in the spots I checked. didn't go out to the very middle.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #19 on: Dec 28, 2017, 10:10 PM »
Do thy have wax worms in yet! Or I guess I could just call them!
Keep it safe! JDL

 Vicki has tubs of waxies

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #20 on: Dec 29, 2017, 07:00 AM »
Vicki has tubs of waxies
Thanks heading over there as soon as I get off work. I know she waits as long as she can before she gets them in. She gets good quality bait so I wait till she has them. End up fishing with them well into the open water season.
Keep it safe! JDL

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #21 on: Dec 29, 2017, 07:14 AM »
Has anyone heard how ice is on 12Mile or Anita?

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #22 on: Dec 29, 2017, 08:11 AM »
Did Woods order spikes this year or just waxies?  If not does anyone else in the area have them?

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #23 on: Dec 29, 2017, 08:40 AM »
Any reports on Pony Creek?  Planning on heading that way Saturday morning.
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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #24 on: Dec 29, 2017, 10:10 AM »
Anyone have luck on Farm Creek?  I've never been there, thinking about giving it a try.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #25 on: Dec 29, 2017, 11:46 AM »
Anyone have luck on Farm Creek?  I've never been there, thinking about giving it a try.

Used to hit Farm Creek all the time and usually did good up until a couple of years ago...still has some nice gills and crappie in it but not near the numbers it used to hold.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #26 on: Dec 29, 2017, 04:18 PM »
Did Woods order spikes this year or just waxies?  If not does anyone else in the area have them?

She did not have them Thursday. I buy mine online. $20 for 500.  Usually last all winter.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #27 on: Dec 29, 2017, 05:35 PM »
went this morning down south here and had well over 6 inches of ice prob closer to 7" i would say.  did ok had half a 5 gallon bucket of gills and crappie.  them fish thru the ice are just so delicious.  gonna figure out this picture thing some time to post some pics.  my 9 year old caught the first fish of the day.  he always has to be the first in and first on it seems like.  had a blast.  tight lines all.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #28 on: Dec 30, 2017, 07:35 PM »
Fished mile hill in mills county this morning. 5-7" of ice. A couple sketchy spots. Fishing was slow. Got a few nice gills.

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Re: Southwest Iowa
« Reply #29 on: Dec 30, 2017, 10:00 PM »
Yellows fired up!

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