Now that the hardwater is on it's way I've been searching around for info on areas around Ames and have come up short....so I'm starting my own journal of ice fishing opportunities in and around Ames/Story County. Please visit the site and email me any experiences you have so that I can post them for others to read (tips, jigs to use, depth, ice levels, ect).
I want to limit it to Story County so that I have detailed information on our area.
I grew up fishing on Hickory Grove. That place has changed a lot since I fished there. They have plenty of brush along the shorelines. Lekwa and staff needs to take a chainsaw and cut it down and throw it out onto the ice this winter....There is no reason that lake shoudn't have young fish habitat, there is WAY to much of it on the shorelines. I went out there last fall and counted 13 dead trees in less than 1 acre right off the shore. The shoreline was almost inaccessable.
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not to slam those that regularly fish in story county, but make the drive up to clear lake, totally worth it for early ice yellow bass and walleyes. plus, the ice is a foot thick before you know it so you can drive or run a sled/four wheeler out there earlier than most other places in the state. I went to school in ames, did my fair share of sitting on hickory, big creek, ada hayden, etc. but none of them compare to CL when the fish are biting. not to mention it's only a little over an hours drive.
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