|Yellow Bass are a tasty fish that inhabit|
a few waters in Iowa. These fish are an
invasive species and there is no limit
on them. Clear Lake has a huge population
of these fish making it a top destination
year-round to catch these fish.
I was totally shocked when I got to the lake a little before 8am around the Farmers Beach area. The ice was solid to the shore and several anglers were already out on the ice. Mark Anderson, Jacy Large and Scott Fischer were going to join all together today to team up against the yellows. Mark reported a very good bite in the main basin of the lake the afternoon before, so we were all very excited to get there. Well, Mother Nature was kind to make the ice very solid, however the strong winds out of the east sent the yellow bass into shock. For over two hours we drilled and drilled with no luck at all. In a few areas the Vexilar FLX-28's showed some fish, but no bites, to say the least we were in shock. Instead of staying in the larger group, we decided to split up. Mark and I kept drilling across the lake to no avail, not a mark (ice was consistently around 10 inches). We settled in to some shallow weeds and caught a few perch. At this time it was time for plan Q. Mark hopped over to the little lake and found the ice just as good, 8-10 of good ice. I stayed and poked around the weeds where the ice was not great, honeycombed but yet still sturdy. I found some crappies and a few more perch, but then Mark found the yellows. There were about a dozen or so anglers already on the little lake, and the fish were biting. All of us joined him soon after that the bite was fantastic for the next 4 hours. Yellow after yellow came topside the ice and we were all wearing smiles and having a blast, the day was saved and we all went out on top at the end of the ice season. Working together as a group really paid off, as we could find the school as it moved around. Quickly drilling holes to area where fish were seen on Vexilars. It was an awesome way to end the year, well, besides walking all the way across Clear Lake!
~~~Please use extreme caution if you venture on the ice, the top of the ice was deteriorating quickly in the afternoon with the sun high and wind howling. The ice that we fished on Saturday, March 4th will change by the hour with the warm temperatures. Use every safety precaution if you venture out anywhere.