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Offline bulzeye121

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SouthWest Iowa
« on: Dec 07, 2018, 12:06 PM »
Curious to see if anyone has stopped and checked any ponds in SWI this week. Few ponds north of Glenwood are finally capped.

Offline bert29

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #1 on: Dec 07, 2018, 02:10 PM »
not sure about official ice conditions, but I did call Vicki this morning at Woods' Bait Shop in Council Bluffs about ice around area. She said Manawa is capped, but unfortunately snow-covered (with the 8-10 inches of snow we had in area last Sunday). Ice under snow is 1-2" but at this time, not safe. Big Lake in CBluffs (they put trout in that lake in late November) had 3-5" and people were on it.

I was thinking about venturing out somewhere to check on Sunday (wanting to wait for another couple of days with daytime temps in 20's and the lows this Fr-Sat-Sun into single digits at night before I venture out onto ice.

I live in Glenwood and was planning on checking a few locations and also waiting until I heard more in area regarding ice conditions.


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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #2 on: Dec 07, 2018, 11:15 PM »

Does it count as ice fishing if I'm sitting in a boat?

Found about 2-3 inches of ice.  Caught 3 bass 15-17 inches at a farm pond North of Red Oak Ia.




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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #3 on: Dec 08, 2018, 07:31 AM »
I checked a silt pond by Avoca yesterday.  About three inches of not so good ice.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #4 on: Dec 08, 2018, 08:32 PM »
i am down here in nw missouri and went out all day yesterday and today as well.  ice was pretty good today 3" of good ice and between 2.5 and 2 and 3/4 yesterday but was good solid ice.  three good whacks with the spud would not break thru so good enuf form me.  hammered gills and crappies on farm ponds.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #5 on: Dec 08, 2018, 09:27 PM »
Fished 3.5-5 in Mills county today. Caught one bass. Sure was nice to get out.




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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #6 on: Dec 09, 2018, 11:21 AM »
Does it count as ice fishing if I'm sitting in a boat?

Found about 2-3 inches of ice.  Caught 3 bass 15-17 inches at a farm pond North of Red Oak Ia.



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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #7 on: Dec 09, 2018, 06:21 PM »
Was able to get out on ice this afternoon and fish a pond south of Glenwood. We had 3-5" inches. Caught several nice bass (3-4 were 3lbs and one was approaching what we think was 6lbs. It measured 24 3/4 inches and she was fat! Caught (there were 3 of us) about 25-30 crappies ranging from 6-11" and a few decent gills. We also caught one large catfish (was really cool to see big fish fight in clear water under clear ice!)
Lures used:  CJ and spins gold slender spoon, acme rattle bait, buckshot spoon, Tungsten jigs with maki plastics, CJ & spins red wedgie plastic,
we fished from 10:30-2:30pm (bite noticeably slowed down about 12:30pm)
pond was a shallow one (deepest water is 7ft) so we stayed in that 5-7ft range and one guy with us knew were some sunken brush was, so we fished nearby it.

we heard that a few people may have been on Mile Hill Lake west of Glenwood today, but we can't confirm that.
nice day to be out and fish on hard water!

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #8 on: Dec 10, 2018, 08:49 PM »
Sunday afternoon from 3:30-5:30 found 4" of ice and caught 1 catfish, 3 bass and 12 nice bluegills with one going over a pound at a farm pond North of Red Oak


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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #9 on: Dec 11, 2018, 06:54 AM »
Nice haul Kpmswi, I also slammed some really nice bluegills on Sunday afternoon at a small public lake.  All released though.  It's awesome to be getting out this early!

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #10 on: Dec 15, 2018, 11:00 AM »
Fished pony creek last night. Ice was 5-7. Marked lots of fish. No takers.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #11 on: Dec 15, 2018, 04:03 PM »


Six inches at Prarie Rose.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #12 on: Dec 15, 2018, 08:41 PM »
Got into some nice bluegills on a pond by Denison. 7 inches of good ice.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #13 on: Dec 31, 2018, 09:36 AM »
Anyone checked any area lakes or ponds?

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #14 on: Dec 31, 2018, 03:51 PM »
Open water everywhere. Mile Hill, Pony Creek, Fulsom Lake (all near Glenwood) Going to have head north of hwy 30 most likely to find safe ice. Hopefully this upcoming cold snap will button up lakes and provide some safe ice again. 2019 not off to a good start here in this locale for ice fishing!


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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #15 on: Jan 02, 2019, 09:14 AM »
Checked a farm pond north of Cresent yesterday (Jan 1). It had 5" of good ice with snow cover on top. Extremely slow bite.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #16 on: Jan 02, 2019, 01:40 PM »
Checked a farm pond north of Cresent yesterday (Jan 1). It had 5" of good ice with snow cover on top. Extremely slow bite.

Where is Cresent or do you mean Creston?
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Offline hewzehs

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #17 on: Jan 02, 2019, 07:02 PM »
Crescent is just a little ways north of council bluffs

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #18 on: Jan 07, 2019, 09:19 AM »
Crescent is just a little ways north of council bluffs

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #19 on: Jan 13, 2019, 06:08 PM »
Fished a Crawford county pond today. Ice was ok. Edges were a little sketchy. 5.5 out in the middle. Had a good day with gills and crappie!

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #20 on: Jan 18, 2019, 11:14 AM »
Anyone checked ice in SW Iowa? Pony creek, mile hill, Folsom, pinkeys Glenn?

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #21 on: Jan 18, 2019, 01:32 PM »
Pony creek and mile hill have no more than 1 but with the temps ahead they should be good to go by next weekend.Havent been out to pinkys yet.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #22 on: Jan 20, 2019, 01:30 PM »
Short day on the ice at Prarie Rose today. Five inches of ice where I was fishing, some open water two hours and a bucket of gills.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #23 on: Jan 21, 2019, 12:41 PM »
Pony creek and mile hill have no more than 1 but with the temps ahead they should be good to go by next weekend.Havent been out to pinkys yet.

Pony creek had a solid 5" of ice as of 1/19/2019. Edges were a little sketchy, but the main ice sheet was good. Fished Fri, Sat, Sun with mixed results. The fish were there, but getting them to bite on 1/20 was tough. Lots of crappies in the 8-10" range.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #24 on: Jan 23, 2019, 09:50 AM »
My friend drove down sunday the 20th and said it looked like there was 2 inches of new ice on Icaria. Im hoping after this week we can be looking at 5 inches on Saturday. I know that is a lot to ask in a week but its cold until tomorrow and the negative temps tomorrow night might get us there!

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #25 on: Jan 24, 2019, 07:13 PM »
Was able to get out to prairie rose yesterday. Show bite with the cold temps setting in. Solid 7" of ice!

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #26 on: Jan 26, 2019, 06:28 AM »
Pony creek had a solid 7 last night 1-25. Very slow bite. Stay away from the dam area. Open water patches.

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #27 on: Jan 26, 2019, 12:13 PM »
Was able to get out to prairie rose yesterday. Show bite with the cold temps setting in. Solid 7" of ice!

What part of the lake. We are heading that way with a buddy and his son

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #28 on: Jan 26, 2019, 01:33 PM »
What part of the lake. We are heading that way with a buddy and his son

Straight out from the old, steep boat ramp

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Re: SouthWest Iowa
« Reply #29 on: Jan 26, 2019, 07:12 PM »
What part of the lake. We are heading that way with a buddy and his son
North side of the lake. (few different brush piles)

 



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