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 current information, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
West Okoboji Lake
Remember that all walleyes between 17 and 22 inches must be released alive immediately upon catching. Bluegill – Good: Anglers working deep weed beds have been catching some nice bluegills using small jigs tipped with live bait. Yellow Perch – Good: Anglers working rock structures have been catching a number of nice yellow perch using small jigs tipped with live bait.
East Okoboji Lake
Remember that all walleyes between 17 and 22 inches must be released alive immediately upon catching. Walleye – Fair: The catch has been dominated by small walleyes with the occasional angler acceptable size. Boats working the areas around Jingle’s Point and Charlestrom beach have been seeing the most action. Yellow Bass – Good: Small yellow bass continue to be caught near the spillway with a few nice ones mixed into the fray. Jig heads tipped with shiners should work well.
Big Spirit Lake
Remember that all walleyes between 17 and 22 inches must be released alive immediately upon catching. Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike have been caught by running spinner baits over or near the edge of the major weed lines. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Jerk baits and jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few bass near rocky points and other deep water structure. Largemouth Bass – Good: Fishermen using spinner baits and soft plastics have reported catching bass near docks and other vertical structures. Walleye – Fair: The catch is dominated by 20-inch walleyes currently with the best action on live baits near weed beds and deep rocky structures. Black Bullhead – Fair:
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Channel Catfish – Excellent: Angler reports indicate fish being caught on chicken livers, night crawlers, chubs and stink bait. White Bass – Good: Anglers are catching fish using shiny spoons like Kastmasters. Walleye – Fair: A few limits of fish have been reported trolling scatter raps.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Channel Catfish – Good: Chicken liver or cut bait worked near snags and deep pools should produce some nice action right now.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Water levels are still above normal but falling. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish have been caught around brush piles and creek mouths with stink bait. New brush piles have formed this year so care should be taken if boating.