The Iowa DNR is out with some dates for fishermen to keep in mind. The walleye season at Iowa’s Great Lakes closes February 15th and reopens at 12 a.m., May 4th. Walleyes caught during the closed season at East Okoboji, West Okoboji and Big Spirit lakes must be immediately released unharmed.
The deadline to remove permanent ice fishing shelters from state owned land and water is February 20th, or ice melt, whichever comes first. Shelter owners are encouraged to not wait until the last minute to remove their structures, to avoid deteriorating ice conditions.
Ice in central Iowa is becoming unpredictable after a series of temperature swings from mild to cold and back to mild, wind and rain. Fishermen going out are advised to use extra caution and test the ice often. Bring safety equipment including 50 feet of rope, a throwable floatation device and ice picks.