Saylorville/Big Creek: Frozen
Local Ponds: Some open, some partially open
Des Moines River: Open water below Saylorville and Red Rock; most of the river should be open water soon.
-Flow (below Saylorville): 1620 cfs
-Flow (below Red Rock): 5680 cfs
With warm days in the forecast next week, water temps should be on the rise -
which means you should be on the water!
Early season fly fishing can be sporadic; cold air and water temperatures usually means that fish are still pretty lethargic. However, ice-out fishing can be surprisingly good depending on your quarry. I've heard reports of some great ice-out fishing for bluegill and crappie in local ponds in years past. Fishing for toothy critters right at ice out can be great as well.
Hopefully we will have a positive report for you next week!