The 2017/2018 Ice Fishing Season is approaching fast and this year is going to be a lot of fun. We have a few new lakes on the hit list and we can’t wait to get on some hard water. This winter we will have some very good Perch opportunities. Perch have been running 10-14 inches long with most being 11″-12″ We will also have a couple good Walleye lake’s to target this winter. This winter is going to be one of the best ones yet. Just think….. Iowa Fishing – catching Walleyes, Jumbo Perch, Slab Crappies, and Yellow Bass by the buckets. Should be an interesting season.
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I wish I could sit here and tell you that the last few days was on fire but it wasn’t. We had a huge cold front come in a few days ago and the water dropped 11 degrees and shut the bite down. One thing that has helped me become the guide I am today is honesty. 6-24-17 and 6-25-17 were the worst two days I’ve had all year and I really didn’t want to go today but I’m glad I did. I called my customer last night and told him what the bite was like and they decided to stick it out and go fishing anyway despite what I thought. Lonnie and Deb knew the weather was going to be great, so regardless we were going to have a good time.
Today we chased Walleyes and didn’t do to bad. We lost a really nice 20 plus inch fish at the boat and landed some nice eaters with a bonus catfish. haha
Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions.
Over the last few days the weather hasn’t been ideal for Walleye fishing but we have managed to put a pattern together that has kept us on some nice fish all week. Today the weather finally broke and the bite was no different and we boated our limit in under one hour. Today the water has started to climb again and I think we are going to see some insane bites over the next couple of weeks. (Walleye and Muskie both)
Walleye Classic Review
This last weekend we fished in the 28th Annual Clear Lake Walleye Classic and with a little luck we pulled out a solid 7th place finish out of 100 boats. It wasn’t as good as our 4th place finish last year but a top 10 is always good. On Saturday of this years tournament we hooked up with a fish right out of the gate that probably went 3 or 4 pounds. It was the 1st fish of the day and it was only 8 feet away hung up on a piece of structure flopping on the surface. Now there was two things that could have happened, one the fish could have come loose so we could boat it or two the line breaks. You can guess what happened. That fish would have put us right around the top but thats fishing. It seems like every tournament many teams have a fish they loose or the big one gets away. Thats fishing!
The guiding has been fantastic this year and I appreciate all the support from you guys. We have 4 guides working trips right now and everyone is on the same page which is a good thing for our guest. We have a few different bites going as we speak and we are working on more everyday. The Crappie made a move out of the shallows and the spawn is pretty much over so we are on the hunt to find their next location.
The Walleye have been going like gang busters and that bite should only get better.
The Muskie should start heating up this week with the warmer water and the Yellows up shallow spawning.
Just a reminder on our trips we do supply everything and we can take anyone fishing regardless of age or disability. We do offer corporate outings as well and we can put together a group of very good local pros and guides that can manage a very large group. On our corporate outings the sky is the limit.
Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions or would like to book a trip.
It looks like we are going to finish the year strong. We have been on a great Perch and Walleye bite. Best baits have been 1/8 th oz jig with a worm or minnow. We have also been casting Rip in raps. Dragging small creek chubs in the little lake has been good for finding big fish. Please swing by our new bait shop Clear Lake Bait and Tackle next time your in town. Nov. 18 – 20th will be our Grand Opening and Ice Season Kickoff we will have some great seminars planned along with piles of door prizes.
We have started to book winter trips! If you’re looking for a great time on the ice give me a call we will get you all set up.
I just want to say thank you for all the support in the 2016 open water season. This year was a pretty well rounded one with many Walleye and Panfish being caught we even got into a good number of Muskie. Clear Lake is really starting to become a premier fishing destination and we are excited for the future. We opened a bait shop in May of 2016 and that has taken off very well. We will be having a Grand Opening Nov. 18 – 20th. Along with our grand opening we will also be having our Ice Season Kick Off. That weekend is going to be something special. We will be doing a live broadcast from 11am to 1pm on Saturday with Jay Brooks and Kiss Country. Over that weekend we will also be having many seminars and product demos to show off the new product for 2017. The Grand Opening is going to be fantastic! We are going to have many door prize drawings over the weekend and you will not want to miss out. Looking forward to a great Ice Season!!!
We have been doing very well with he Crappie and Yellows over the last couple of weeks. I’ll be honest some days are better than others but on a good solid day we are catching over 50 fish. The water temps will start to drop over the next couple of weeks and we will be back into the Musky action. Crappies and Yellow have been biting on 1/16 or 1/8oz jigs (pink or glow white) tipped with a minnow or a chunk of worm. Make sure to swing by Clear Lake Bait and Tackle Inc.
We have opened a new bait shop in Clear Lake Iowa. Clear Lake Bait and Tackle is located on US HWY 18 E in Clear Lake. Please make sure to swing by on your next trip to the lake. Have a great day and FISH ON!!
524 hwy 18 e
Clear Lake Iowa 50428
Over the last few days the fishing has been very constant. The Walleyes are still biting under the docks and the Crappies and Yellows are starting to show up just outside the weed lines. Just a few days ago we pulled a nice pile of Crappies out and most were in the 10 to 11 range with some 12 plus. Catfishing has also been amazing this week 9 foot rocks with a jig and a Leech.
The Clear Lake Walleye bite is on. I would say this week has been the best week all year. We have been putting the smackdown on the Walleye and Crappie. If your looking to book a trip I would have to say that now is the perfect time.
This year we have been targeting everything from Perch to Walleyes so it will be nice to change things up and start chasing fish with an attitude. The Clear Lake Muskie population is awesome and the DNR do a great job stocking fish on a regular basis. This lake will almost always give you a shot for a fish of a life time. Pictured is a good client Dennis Clark with a 49″ Clear Lake fish. It was CPR’d and named Lucy.