This weekend is the 3rd annual Yellow Bass Bonanza Ice Fishing Tournament. This year we have 254 teams and we are giving over $25k in cash and prizes. If your around Clear Lake this weekend please feel free to stop by Macintosh state park at 1pm for the weigh in.
Fishing Report – The fishing has been fantastic over the last week. We have been catching Crappie, Gills, and Yellow Bass out on Clear Lake. Most of the fish are being caught in 14fow or less. Crystal lake is slow but they are still catching some limits of gills. The Walleyes are being caught during low light hours on Clear but its a hit or miss on the keepers. Look for Walleyes on the rock reefs.
The fishing over the last few days have been cold but the fishing has been very good. Okoboji is kicking out some nice limits of Perch and Clear and Crystal are doing well with Crappie Gills and Yellows. Clear has been best in 16 to 24 fow small jigs with pink plastics has been best. Okoboji Waxies and spikes have been good in 18 to 24 fow. The ice on is 8 to 12 across north iowa.
Things over the last few days have been awesome! We are still pulling a few Muskie and we also got into a cain pole bite. On the long sticks we have been catching Yellows and Gills. We have also been getting a few Walleyes on Cranks. If your looking for a day of mixed fishing, now is the time. Pictured is Kade (12yrs old) releasing his first Muskie ever. This was one of the most memorable fish I have ever had in the boat. This young man casted for 7 hours and during the last 30 minutes of fishing time he hooked and landed this nice mid 30 inch fish. Kade you are a stud on the water and Im so happy to have put the Muskie fishing in your blood. You remind me of my self when I was your age. Just remember what ever you choose to do in live just stick to it and it will happen.
The Last couple days have been great Muskie fishing. This year has blessed us with some great fish. The best part of my fully guided trips are that I will show and teach you exactly how to put one of these in the boat. The top photo is Dan and his 1st ever Muskie!!!!
The Yellow Bass fishing is starting to pick up. If we put a little work into it I think we could boat a pile of them. (100Plus) The Muskie fishing is also great. Most trips are landing at least one and some are getting multiple opportunities to put some nice fish in the boat. Mike and His Father Bob (75yr old) both picked up a nice fish on Sunday Night. Photo – Mike with is nice Clear Lake fish.
If Muskie or Yellow Bass fishing has your interest please feel free to shoot me a email or give me a call.
September should be lights out Yellow Bass fishing and we do have some weekend spots available.
With the cooler weather on the way we will be back out Musky fishing next week. The bite has been great this year and we have been boating fish on almost every trip. If your looking for a fun Iowa Fishing trip give me a call. We can put you on numbers (panfish) or a Musky if thats what you want. We have two boats working Clear Lake and one on Coralville call today for more details about Kevan Pauls Guide Service.
Keep in mind that the Walleye bite will start to pick up in September.
100 fish day!
Good numbers of Yellow are coming from shallow water. Run a small jig and live bait.