April 16, 2015 - 3:10 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to Iowa DNRprovide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

West Okoboji Lake

We received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Large channel catfish are being caught in gill nets at night. Three were caught Monday night that were 10lbs. Northern Pike – Fair: Northern pike are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gill nets Monday night. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are reporting an increase in smallmouth bass catch on sunny calm days. These fish are being caught over sand flats near rocks. Pulling a crankbait slow at this time is your best bet. Bluegill – Good: Many anglers are having success fishing the canals. Water temperatures are 4 to 5 degrees warmer in the canals, which brings fish in from the cooler waters. Use a worm and bobber or small feather jigs for the best results.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish have been seen in good numbers at Lone Tree Point, Little Stoney, and near parks marina. These fish are being caught in gill nets and are getting larger as the water temperature increases. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some large yellow bass have been seen in gill nets at Lone Tree Point and parks marina. These fish are not being seen in great numbers. Northern Pike – Fair: Many northern pike are being caught in gill nets. They can be found just about everywhere on East.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Anglers fishing at Buffalo Run, Hales Slough, and at the north grade have been reporting quality catch rates for northern pike. Use hollow body 4-8 inch swimbaits. Drag and lift them along the bottom slowly. Anglers are also using black spinnerbaits with varied success. Black Crappie – Fair: Buffalo Run is holding small crappie 30 feet out from the mouth of Buffalo Run. Use slip bobbers tipped with crappie bites. Allow the rig to drift along the rocks. Bullhead – Good: A fair number of keeper bullheads are being caught in gillnets on Big Stoney. They will bite on anything, which makes for a great fishing experience for younger kids. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Smallmouth are being seen along rocky shores and caught pulling slow deep diving crankbait. Bullhead – Good: The north grade is producing many bullheads. Anglers are reporting good numbers using worms weighted to the bottom.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers have reported catching walleye near shore in the evenings. Successful anglers have been fishing the south shore areas of the lake near Stony Point. Yellow Perch – Fair: Perch have been caught on crawlers fished under a bobber. Others have caught perch near shore while walleye fishing. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught along the east side of the lake near the little island.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish are being caught using stink bait of any kind. Find a deep hole on the outside bend of the river or fish above a riffle. Fish that are being caught range from 1lb to 12lb.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers are catching walleye in the evenings using twisters.

April 9, 2015 - 3:37 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Walleye – Fair: Anglers have reported catching a few walleye near shore in the evenings. Those with the most luck have been fishing the north shore areas of the lake.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Anglers fishing at buffalo run, Hales slough, and at the north grade have reported quality catch rates for northern pike. Use hollow body 4-8 inch swimbaits. Drag and lift them along the bottom slowly. Anglers are also using black spinnerbaits with varied success. Black Crappie – Fair: Buffalo run is holding small crappie 30 feet straight out from the mouth of buffalo run. Slip bobbers tipped with crappie bites work best. Allow the rig to drift along the rocks. Bullhead – Good: A fair number of keeper bullhead are being caught in gillnets on big stoney. They will bite on anything, which makes for a great fishing experience for younger kids.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish have been seen in good numbers at Lone Tree Point, Little Stoney, and near parks marina. These fish are being caught in gillnets and are getting larger as the water temperature increases. Yellow Bass – Slow: Some large yellow bass have been seen in gillnets at Lone Tree Point and parks marina. These fish are not being seen in great numbers. Northern Pike – Fair: Many northern pike are being caught in gillnets. On East they can be found just about everywhere.

West Okoboji Lake

We received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week. Channel Catfish – Fair: Large channel catfish are being caught in gillnets at night. Three caught Monday night were 10lbs. Northern Pike – Fair: Northern pike are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gillnets Monday night. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Anglers are reporting an increase in smallmouth bass catch on sunny calm days. These fish are being caught over sand flats near rocks. Pulling a crankbait slow at this time will be your best bet.

April 2, 2015 - 3:12 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Good: Anglers fishing at buffalo run, Hales slough, and at the north grade have reported quality catch rates for northern pike. Use hollow body 4-8 inch swimbaits. Drag and lift them along the bottom slowly. Anglers are also using black spinnerbaits with varied success. Black Crappie – Fair: Buffalo run is holding small crappie 30 feet straight out from the mouth of buffalo run. Slip bobbers tipped with crappie bites. Allow the rig to drift along the rocks.

West Okoboji Lake

We received no information regarding fishing on this water body. Channel Catfish – Fair: Large channel catfish are being caught in gill nets at night. Three were caught Monday night that were 10lbs. Northern Pike – Fair: Northern pike are becoming more abundant in the shallows. Few large females were caught in gill nets Monday night.

East Okoboji Lake

Channel Catfish – Good: Fishing channel catfish after dark will produce excellent opportunities for pole bending activity.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Good: Wader anglers fishing after dark have excellent opportunities for nice fish. Fish slow for these pre-spawn fish.

Very little fishing activity reported in the Spirit Lake District. Water temperatures are 40 degrees.

March 26, 2015 - 3:17 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Crappie – Fair: Anglers continue to catch walleye in the marina on the west end of the lake using minnows, but the bite is not as good as the previous week due to recent colder temperatures. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch are also being picked up while fishing with minnows. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are picking up some walleye along shore with minnows and twisters. Water temperatures are about 45 degrees. Expect shore fishing and wader fishing along sand/gravel shorelines to pick up next week with the warming water temperatures.

Clear Lake

Expanding open water near from city beach south along shore and a large section of open water from Dodge’s Point to Venetian Village to north shore pump house. Ice is unsafe and unfishable. Crappie – No Report: Walleye – Slow: There have been a few waders, but no fish yet. Warmer weather should get fish biting. Channel Catfish – Slow.

March 19, 2015 - 2:41 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Ice is off of Storm Lake. Fish for crappie in shallows where water temperatures are greater. Anglers are having luck fishing small minnows in the marina on the west end of the lake. After ice out is a good time to target channel catfish using cut bait.

West Okoboji Lake

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body.

Clear Lake

Expanding open water from city beach south along shore and a large section of open water from Dodge’s Point to Venetian Village to north shore pump house. Ice is unsafe and unfishable. Crappie – No Report. Walleye – No Report.

March 12, 2015 - 2:33 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Ice is deteriorating quickly; several areas of open water are present. With continued warm temperatures and forecasted winds, anglers are discouraged from venturing onto the ice.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip-ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers Bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Very few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch being caught are coming from anglers who are staying out on the ice past sunset.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in 10-12 feet in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards. These bays have been reporting consistent 9 inch perch. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little Joes, and kastmasters. Perch are reported in Smiths Bay into East Lake in 10-12 feet. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are having good success catching crappie in 10 feet of water in Smiths Bay leading into East Lake. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass are being caught in Smiths Bay into East Lake in 10 feet.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are noticing an increase in perch activity around the lake. Fish are said to be schooling in the deeper holes and staying for longer periods of time allowing anglers to harvest good numbers. Small spoons and jigging raps produce the most success.

March 5, 2015 - 3:16 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Most of Storm Lake has around 16 -21 inches of ice; there are reports of several small areas of open water: one near College Island, one just north of the big island, and one just off of the Chautauqua Park jetty. Yellow Perch – Slow: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon or jig tipped with a wax worm. White Bass – Slow: Anglers are picking up some white bass near the Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: A few walleye are being picked up near Stony Point and in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows are working the best.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip-ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers Bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch being caught are coming from anglers who are staying out on the ice past sunset.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are noticing an increase in perch activity around the lake. Fish are schooling in the deeper holes and staying for longer periods of time, allowing anglers to harvest good numbers. Small spoons and jigging raps produce the most success.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards. These bays have been reporting consistent 9 inch perch. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

February 26, 2015 - 4:03 pm - Posted in Sports

Spirit Lake, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

NORTHWEST

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip-ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers Bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch caught are coming from anglers who are staying on the ice past sunset.

Center Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Few anglers have been successful fishing for bluegills on the south end. Reports show few quality fish in the 8 inch range. Much sorting is needed.

Minnewashta Lake

Bluegill – Good: Fishermen are reporting an increase in activity for quality bluegill.  Fish size ranges from 6-10 inches. Anglers are using similar presentations everywhere, using small jigs varying in color and size tipped with wax worms. Keep the jig about a foot off the.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are noticing an increase in perch activity around the lake. Fish are said to be schooling in deeper holes and staying for longer periods of time allowing anglers to harvest good numbers. Small spoons and jigging raps are proving to produce the most success.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Most of Storm Lake has around 16 -21 inches of ice; there are reports of several small areas of open water: one near College Island, one just north of the big island, and one just off of the Chautauqua Park jetty.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near the Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point.   A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows work best.

February 19, 2015 - 5:04 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Most of Storm Lake has around 15 -20 inches of ice; there are reports of a small area of open water near College Island and another just north of the big island. Yellow Perch – Fair: Yellow perch 6-7 inches are being picked up near Kings Point using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up some white bass 8-9 inches near Kings Point area and in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have had the most luck fishing near Stony Point. A few are also being picked up in the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. Spoons and minnows are working the best.

Big Spirit Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Anglers are beginning to have success using tip ups on the north end of Spirit, Anglers bay, Hales Slough, and along the grade. Yellow Perch – Slow: Very few yellow perch are being caught during the day. The only perch being caught are from anglers staying on the ice past sunset.

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are still being caught in the 10-12 feet range in bays with distinct weed lines. These fish are reported to be biting on small gold and yellow jigs. Bays with these weed lines include: Emerson, Miller, Triboji, Echo, and Browns. Yellow Perch – Fair: The perch bite has consolidated into a select few bays including Emerson and Haywards bay. These bays have been reporting consistent perch in the 9 inch range. Fishermen are moving around following these schools rather than holding in one place. Fish are being caught on jigging rapalas, Acme sidewinder, Lindy little joes, and kastmasters.

Clear Lake

The bite has been a bit slower in this cold weather. Reminder – Permeant ice shacks must be removed by February 20th. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass have been caught in 8-10 feet of water on the little lake and in the Baptist Camp area. Anglers have reported bigger yellows and less sorting on the main lake around the island in about 12 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Action for crappies has slowed but they can still be caught in the deeper water (18-24 feet) on the little lake. Most of the crappies being kept are 10-12 inches. Morning bite is good until about 10am then slower action in midday and picking up around 4pm. Walleye – Fair: Some walleyes have been caught near the west aerator this week. Channel Catfish – Slow: An occasional catfish has been caught. Try Farmers Beach to Baptist camp area.

February 12, 2015 - 3:43 pm - Posted in Sports

Iowa DNRSpirit Lake, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For more information contact the Spirit Lake fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

Northwest

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Storm Lake has around 14 -18 inches of ice. Walleye – Slow: Anglers have been picking up a few walleye along the dredge cuts on the east side in about 13-14 feet of water. They are having the best luck using spoons and minnows. Anglers have also reported having luck fishing in 5-6 feet of water during low light conditions and dredge cuts during the day. Yellow Perch – Slow: Yellow perch are being picked up just about anywhere using a small spoon and wax worm. White Bass – Slow: A few anglers are picking up some white bass in the deeper dredged areas while fishing for walleye.

Big Spirit Lake

Reminder – walleye season open thru February 14th on Spirit, East and West Okoboji Lakes.

Walleye – Slow: The walleye bite has slowed during the day; the night bite has been more consistent. Yellow Perch – Slow: Some quality perch are being caught on the south end near the pump house and along the north end near Anglers Bay. Size varies from 7-10 inch fish.

West Okoboji Lake

Reminder – walleye season open thru Feb. 14th on Spirit, East and West Okoboji Lakes.

Bluegill – Good: Nice sized bluegills are being caught on the weed lines of Emerson and Millers Bay. Slow falls and light jigging brings these fish in. Fish weed lines in less than 10 feet of water. Yellow Perch – Good: Fish are being caught in various locations. Try Millers Bay in around 20 feet water. Small jigs and wax worms have produced the best action.