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Offline frostyicecold

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Big Creek
« on: Dec 24, 2007, 04:25 PM »
Here are the coordinates for the fishing structure that was placed in Big Creek just recently. I found them on Iowa outdoors site. Ben Dodd ,the Fisheries Management Biologist, states that these coordinates should be shared with other fisherman and the DNR will soon have a public database with the info.
I hope these numbers help someone out. Here is the site to help with putting in the numbers. A lot of good information on getting your GPS to work.

http://www.iowaoutdoors.org/forum/viewtopic.php?showtopic=288606&mode=&show=10&page=4

Hello All,

My name is Ben Dodd, I am the fisheries management for the Iowa DNR. I have the coordinates for both Big Creek and Saylorville and I am posting them below. These projects were spear-headed by Central Iowa Anglers (CIA), a very good fishing club in central Iowa. They put forth a lot of time, labor and donations for these projects, so you can thank them for their hard work and contributions. The IDNR Parks and IDNR Fisheries collaborated with CIA on the Big Creek project. The Corps of Engineers and IDNR Fisheries collaborated with CIA on the Saylorville project. Our plan is to get these coordinates and all other habitat project coordinates into our Lake Management Database, which will be able to be utilized by the public. IDNR Fisheries hopes to get this up and running soon and get the word out to the public. These coordinates are public information, so feel free to share these points. After all, our goal was to improve fish habitat and attract fish for anglers.

Habitat Work 2007
Map Datum: WGS84 or NAD83 will work Set Unit to: UPS UTM

Lake Location Zone and Easting Northing Elevation (ft) Date
Big Creek Hab1 15 T 0438476 4628281 945 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab2 15 T 0438467 4628318 954 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab3 15 T 0438469 4628256 956 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab4 15 T 0438880 4627593 939 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab5 15 T 0439021 4628609 932 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab6 15 T 0438788 4627745 946 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab8 15 T 0439089 4627154 936 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab9 15 T 0438540 4628409 933 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab10 15 T 0438510 4628487 932 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab11 15 T 0438688 4629059 936 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab21 15 T 0438311 4629914 924 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab22 15 T 0438707 4628285 928 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab23 15 T 0439035 4628609 910 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab24 15 T 0438480 4628268 916 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab25 15 T 0439006 4628587 910 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab26 15 T 0439029 4627901 983 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab27 15 T 0438255 4628879 961 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab28 15 T 0438097 4629329 912 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab29 15 T 0438104 4629296 931 11/16/2007
Big Creek Hab30 15 T 0438274 4628876 949 11/16/2007
Saylorville Oak Grove1 15 T 0442080 4620838 NA 10/12/2007
Saylorville Cherry Glen Tree Line (Begin) 15 T 0442765 4619821 NA 10/12/2007
Saylorville Cherry Glen Tree Line (End) 15 T 0442860 4619820 NA 10/12/2007
Saylorville TR1 15 T 0442725 4619869 831 10/12/2007
Saylorville TR2 15 T 0442792 4619850 827 10/12/2007
Saylorville TR3 15 T 0442089 4620847 846 10/12/2007
Saylorville TR4 15 T 0442110 4620831 828 10/12/2007
Saylorville TR5 15 T 0442846 4619888 849 10/12/2007

Good luck fishing!

Ben Dodd
Iowa DNR
Fisheries Management Biologist








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Offline rawfish

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Big Creek
« Reply #1 on: Dec 09, 2010, 04:40 AM »
Any word on the ice thickness of Big creek? I had heard that lost lakes was a solid 4". This weekend shoud be a go with the way the temps are. Tight lines and slabs to all! Remember PICK UP YOUR TRASH YOU LAZY *****S!

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #2 on: Dec 09, 2010, 01:28 PM »
Sunday it was still open water on the main lake. If we could get the wind to stop the ice will come on fast.
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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #3 on: Dec 09, 2010, 05:05 PM »
i went there yesterday the  main  lake  had 1 to 1/2 inch locked up from what i could ee but not safe lost was 4 1/2 at a cove didnt walk out much tward the channel but im guessing  by next week lost is good to go
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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #4 on: Dec 10, 2010, 08:21 AM »
when you are talking of lost lake, where is it at? just moved up to this area, and know where big creek is, but not for sure on lost! any help of info would be great. thanks
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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #5 on: Dec 10, 2010, 11:10 AM »
lost lake is the top side of the spillway for big creek
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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #6 on: Dec 10, 2010, 12:38 PM »
a shallow pond way at north end of big creek might be good this year. with the higher than normal water, it flooded that pond and should have put panfish in it. It's real shallow like 2-3ft deep over near south bank and sometimes you can do pretty well there--best to go early though cause it can freeze out. It also freezes fast and you can get on it usually before main lake areas. little creek roadbed area can be good early too. find the old bridge/creek channel area in about 15-16ft..fish on areas that start to come up out of channel--they dumped rock/brush there back in '95 when they lowered the lake. hit and miss though...don't be surprised if you catch a walleye and perch or two as well.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #7 on: Dec 16, 2010, 08:28 AM »
How much ice there on the main lake guys?  Is she froze up in the channel?

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #8 on: Dec 16, 2010, 12:16 PM »
I was out last night, I started straight out from the west ramp and worked south to the first point and there was 4-6". Not sure about the middle that was open last week but there were guys out there.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #9 on: Dec 17, 2010, 07:46 AM »
I was out last night, I started straight out from the west ramp and worked south to the first point and there was 4-6". Not sure about the middle that was open last week but there were guys out there.

Thanks for the info.  Probably give it a try this weekend.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #10 on: Dec 19, 2010, 08:34 AM »
Me and a couple buddies hit the main lake on Friday. We ended up catching about 20 gills mostly in part to my boy Jruss. His new FL20 will do him wonders this year as well as my new FL18 will increase my catch. Love the bottom zoom. We kept roughly half of them, one measuring just over 9" a hawg it was. The others we kept were all 8+". There is 6' of good ice out there. We will be driving out soon which is good because all of our hot spots are no where near an access.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #11 on: Dec 19, 2010, 12:13 PM »
Me and a couple buddies hit the main lake on Friday. We ended up catching about 20 gills mostly in part to my boy Jruss. His new FL20 will do him wonders this year as well as my new FL18 will increase my catch. Love the bottom zoom. We kept roughly half of them, one measuring just over 9" a hawg it was. The others we kept were all 8+". There is 6' of good ice out there. We will be driving out soon which is good because all of our hot spots are no where near an access.
 
   
Well the vex helped for sure, and that zoom is LEGIT! Can't wait till we start marking slab crappies. Man it felt good to get out again.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #12 on: Dec 20, 2010, 12:25 PM »
Nice having the FL-20 for the 12' zoom. Couldn't go with out mine anymore!  Anybody been on Big Creek yesterday or today?  Wondering on the ice in the channel?

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #13 on: Dec 21, 2010, 12:32 PM »
Any report for big creek?

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #14 on: Dec 21, 2010, 02:15 PM »
People are fishing the channeL. I haven't had a chance to go for the late crappie bite but I have heard it is slow.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #15 on: Dec 22, 2010, 07:53 AM »
Thanks Rawfish.  Hoping to get the permanent out there Sunday.  Hopefully.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #16 on: Dec 22, 2010, 08:16 AM »
Has anyone done well on the walleyes in the last few years at big creek?

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #17 on: Dec 22, 2010, 12:01 PM »
Small walleyes will drive you nuts with a minnow on the bottom in 30-36 fow in the channel.  You can catch a zillion of them.  Haven't seen too many nice ones come through the ice.  Seems better for walleye in open water.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #18 on: Dec 22, 2010, 01:08 PM »
Small walleyes will drive you nuts with a minnow on the bottom in 30-36 fow in the channel.  You can catch a zillion of them.  Haven't seen too many nice ones come through the ice.  Seems better for walleye in open water.

And.  Remember the local length limits there as well that are posted.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #19 on: Dec 22, 2010, 07:02 PM »
That might explain the small walleye I caught on lost lake this year, fishing for gills and crappie.  It really got my hopes up that I was going to get into more of them, and that didn't happen.  How has everyone done on the crappie at lost lake/bigcreek?  I have not had a luck with them yet this winter.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #20 on: Dec 23, 2010, 09:02 AM »
Big Wally.  It's been a tough go on the crappie so far.  I was out last night and perforated 2 spots that we fish every year and only marked 2 fish!   ???   Probably drilled 60 holes and put the vex in all of them.  First time I've ever been skunked at BC.  Gonna look hard on Friday and hit the bluegill spots during the day and try the crappie spots in the channel at dark.  Hopefully find their movements by this weekend.  Good luck.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #21 on: Dec 23, 2010, 03:39 PM »
Hows the ice and is there any permanants out yet? Thanks

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #22 on: Dec 27, 2010, 09:35 AM »
The ice seems to stay the same if not getting a little worse.  Maybe 7" by shore and 6" in most spots elsewhere.  Snow did not help.  And warm weather coming is not good (45 degrees on the way).  So might not be a permy year at big creek this year.  Last year this week we had 20" already.  I don't see it happening this year on time or at all.  Good Luck!

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #23 on: Dec 27, 2010, 10:13 AM »
I just checked my reports from last year on Big Creek and on the 29th the lake only had 8-9" of ice on the southern part (not Lost Lake) of the lake.  We are a little behind on ice formation this year but nothing to concern yourself with.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #24 on: Dec 27, 2010, 12:46 PM »
Was out at big creek yesterday with a buddy and we were NAILING the gills, was hot right at that magical time about an hour or so before sunset. That was the easy part... now it was time to catch some crappie. We moved out deeper over the channel hoping to find some suspended fish, drilled about a dozen holes and located some activity. Fish were few and far between for a while but they started rolling through later on. Unfortunately they were pretty tight lipped, some seemed interested and would charge our lures but just wouldn't bite. We ended up catching 2 nice crappie at least. Couple spit the hook but that's the name of the game...  ;D :'(

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #25 on: Dec 27, 2010, 04:56 PM »
was out there yesterday and about 7" of ice is what we were finding, there were four wheelers out. Fish were not biting until after 330 or so, we caugt a few smalle eyes and some decent crappie

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #26 on: Dec 27, 2010, 06:15 PM »
Anyone have the waypoints for this lake? I've found them for free before but I can't find them for the life of me right now.
  

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #27 on: Dec 28, 2010, 09:16 AM »
Saw a small truck out there yesterday ???  What a brave soul! :P.  Got a couple crappies.  Missed a few too.  I think they spit at the bait sometimes. lol.  small eyes are abundant.  Good luck catching one in the legal slot and if you do check for tags on the tail to claim a cash prize.  Look at the signs at the ramps for what to do.  Blue gills seem to be bighting ok during light, but good luck getting a crappie to bite before dark.  Sort of a slow start there yet this year.  Found about 8" of ice (definately not enough for a truck!!!!)

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #28 on: Dec 28, 2010, 10:17 AM »
How much snow is on the ice down there?  Are ATV's getting around fine or is there a chance they could get stuck. I'm up in NE Iowa so don't know what Des Moines area got for snow.  Thanks all. Good luck this year.

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Re: Big Creek
« Reply #29 on: Dec 28, 2010, 10:35 AM »
Squ1rr31 I to looked all over h--- finally called DNR in Boone they e-mailed me a map with cord #515-432-2823 ext 107 or 108 good luck
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