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Offline kpmswi

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #30 on: Jan 30, 2019, 01:25 PM »
Went to Viking Lake State Park by Stanton Ia last Sat & Sun afternoon.  Found 6.5 inches of soft ice and fishing was very slow catching a few small bluegills. 

The road down to the pontoon docks is blocked off at the top of the hill but the East side of the lake by camp Aldersgate was open and could get close to the water.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #31 on: Feb 06, 2019, 03:42 AM »
Anyone been to pinkeys Glenn this ice season?

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #32 on: Feb 06, 2019, 01:15 PM »
Anyone been to pinkeys Glenn this ice season?

Went there Sat afternoon... Waste of my time

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #33 on: Feb 06, 2019, 04:56 PM »
Went there Sat afternoon... Waste of my time

Sorry to hear that. How thick was the ice?

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #34 on: Feb 06, 2019, 07:05 PM »
Does anyone know how the ice conditions are on Little River?

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #35 on: Feb 24, 2019, 03:16 PM »
What's the snow situation at Anita or Viking  has anyone been there recently or in the area to know how bad it got? was thinking of going to one or the other tomorrow but didn't want to drive an hour to be shot down. I realize we had a blizzard but just curious if it was as bad there as in CB.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #36 on: Mar 03, 2019, 02:04 PM »
Hit a pond by Denison this morning. Very slow. Fished 4 hours kept 7 gills. 16 inches of ice 3inches of snow and a half inch crust of ice on top of that.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #37 on: Mar 03, 2019, 02:34 PM »
Went to a farm pond North of Red Oak Sat afternoon.  Deep snow drifts getting there and lucky I didn't get stuck getting out. 14" of ice and maybe 4" of snow on top, caught and released 8-10 bass but only two bluegills.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #38 on: Mar 03, 2019, 05:40 PM »
Icaria has about 14 inches of solid ice with about 4 inches of frozen slush snow on top. Overall it still shaved decently. Bite was slow.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #39 on: Mar 16, 2019, 08:25 PM »
Packed it up today. Baits dead. Waters dirty. Time to get the long poles out. Had a very  good year. Sad day but ready for the spring crappie bite!

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #40 on: Dec 14, 2019, 04:03 PM »
Anyone checked any ponds out yet?

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #41 on: Dec 17, 2019, 07:04 AM »
I haven't been out yet but my neighbor went out Sunday and said he had to drive an hour north to find any fishable ice and it was a private pond. Need these temps to stop getting in the 50s was hoping to be on ice before Christmas.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #42 on: Dec 19, 2019, 08:56 AM »
Fished near mineola last night. Ice was 3-4” in a few spots. Rest was maybe 1”. Very inconsistent. Marked a few no bites.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #43 on: Dec 20, 2019, 08:09 PM »
I went ice fishing at a farm pond North of Red Oak Friday afternoon and found just over 4 inches of ice. I actually started out in a small boat but after drilling my first hole I got out and walked all round. Fishing was slow but I ended up with 2 bass and 5 bluegills. It sure was nice getting out again.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #44 on: Dec 22, 2019, 01:47 PM »
Fished yesterday and this morning. Steady bite of gills. Just enough to keep you interested. Hit 4 different ponds in Crawford county. 5-6 inches of good solid ice. Hope this warm spell don’t hurt it much.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #45 on: Dec 28, 2019, 08:04 PM »
Anything in SW Iowa opened up? Thinking of getting the long poles out.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #46 on: Jan 01, 2020, 11:18 AM »
Fished a pond in northern Crawford county yesterday.  Ice was just at my minimum threshold, about 4".  It was slow, but I managed to catch some.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #47 on: Jan 12, 2020, 07:59 PM »
Fished a few ponds by Denison today. Open water near inlets and outlets. 5-6 inches of ice. Little thinner around edges. Steady bite of gills. Be careful and use a spud bar.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #48 on: Jan 12, 2020, 09:17 PM »
Went to my regular farm pond North of Red Oak and found 2.5". I used my spud bar to push around my small Jon boat because I don't walk on 2.5". Wind was from the East so fishing was the least. Only caught and released one bluegill after dark.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #49 on: Jan 15, 2020, 11:41 AM »
I know as of monday morning icaria was all locked up. I would think manawa is too. Hoping to get on manawa next weekend

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #50 on: Jan 16, 2020, 12:59 PM »
Manawa has 3-4" of good clear ice. Just popped a few holes over my lunch hour. Some farm ponds in the area have 5-6"

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #51 on: Jan 16, 2020, 01:05 PM »
Manawa has 3-4" of good clear ice. Just popped a few holes over my lunch hour. Some farm ponds in the area have 5-6"
Thanks for the update! Do you do any good on walleye at Manawa? Just wondering.
Keep it safe! JDL

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #52 on: Jan 17, 2020, 09:55 AM »
I would be curious myself as to the ice levels. Im in Quad Cities area.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #53 on: Jan 17, 2020, 10:32 PM »
got out today on 2.5" to 3" of good solid black ice.  stuck a few crappie and gills and landed a pretty good sized bass on 2lb test flouro i am trying out for the first time.  had to play him for a bit.  was good to be out for the first time this year.  remember to spud spud spud your way out.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #54 on: Jan 19, 2020, 04:35 PM »
Fished a Crawford county farm pond today. 8 inches of good clear ice. About 3 inches of snow on top. Slow and steady bite 🐟🐟🐟🐟🎣🎣🎣🎣

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #55 on: Jan 26, 2020, 07:19 AM »
Yellowsmoke yesterday from 8-1.  Found a few fish but could not get one fish to commit.

Salvaged the day at a pond and caught 3 gills, including a massive 10 incher.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #56 on: Jan 26, 2020, 06:41 PM »
Went to Viking Lake today, they lowered the lake 8' or more to help the size of the fish out. Lake is still very low and you can see rock piles and tree that normally under water. Very slow for me catching 4 small blue gills throwing them back. The geese have one spot open and have crapped all over the area. I will not be going back this year.

 



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