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.
The courtesy docks are in.
The access gate to the boat ramp is open, but the courtesy dock has not been installed yet.
The courtesy docks at McIntosh, Lynne Lorenzen and Bayside boat ramps are in. Walleye – Good: Fish the east shore after dark.
The docks are not in yet. No fishing activity reported.
Lake Cornelia docks are not in yet. A few people have been fishing in the harbor and catching small yellows.
Now is the time to target pike and walleye. Fish areas with current breaks near dams and where a stream enters the river.
For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Prime time is here; ice-out provides an excellent bite using traditional channel catfish baits. Fish twilight and after dark; fish will be on a feeding frenzy and provide lots of “pole bending” action.
Black Crappie – Good: Expect action to start in the Templar Park lagoon as the water warms.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Traditionally, Triboji Lagoon provides the first action for bluegills. Expect action to start once the water temperature warms.
All Lakes are ice free, expect open water fishing to improve as the water warms. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.