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    Fishing spots around Ames

    My 8-year old just got a rod and tackle box for his bday. Please recommend some good fishing spots around Ames. Thanks


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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Ada Hayden, Hickory Grove.



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    hickory grove is the only spot where I've ever done well.



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    fishing + ames dont really belong in the same sentence. i have yet to find a decent spot



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    If your kid wants to catch fish (no matter what they are) I can put a spot on a map for you where you will catch fish 100% of the time.



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Admittedly, I'm not much of a fisherman, and this has been over 10 years ago, but my college roommate used to go out to Peterson Pits. Ada Hayden wasn't a park yet then, so as the other response said, maybe that's better.



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Mcfarland park is good for kids. I fish everyday on my lunch break on the skunk



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Mcfarland park or hickory grove would be good for the little guy. Even moore park up by Northridge is a good little spot to catch mainly little sunfish/bluegill type things, this is where my dad took me when I was little for an afternoon.



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Its been 7 years since I lived in Ames, but I used to catch a lot of smallmouths in the Skunk and in Squaw Creek. Also had decent success at Don Williams Lake, Big Creek and Little Wall if you don't mind driving a bit.



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Good stuff. Thank you everyone.


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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by ajk4st8 View Post
    Mcfarland park is good for kids. I fish everyday on my lunch break on the skunk
    Sounds like a good lunch break.



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by shawn_200m View Post
    Its been 7 years since I lived in Ames, but I used to catch a lot of smallmouths in the Skunk and in Squaw Creek. Also had decent success at Don Williams Lake, Big Creek and Little Wall if you don't mind driving a bit.
    Same here, plus the Des Moines and Boone Rivers an be good. Actually there is quite a bit of good fishing around Ames, I probably had the best luck on the rivers.



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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Any tips on bait for Ada Hayden or McFarland? Actually bait recommendations for any place would be appreciated.


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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Hilton Coliseum when it floods.


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    Re: Fishing spots around Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by shawn_200m View Post
    Its been 7 years since I lived in Ames, but I used to catch a lot of smallmouths in the Skunk and in Squaw Creek. Also had decent success at Don Williams Lake, Big Creek and Little Wall if you don't mind driving a bit.
    Did you just wade the Skunk/Squa and fish the sharp bends and laydowns? I'm heading up to the Ames area for vacation next week and think I might give it a try (easy way to stay cool in the heat!). Standard smallie fare of tubes and small cranks, or something else?



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