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.
Big Spirit Lake
Smallmouth Bass – No Report: Fish the deeper water rock piles as the water warms on clear sunny days attracting and concentrating fish early. Fish slowly, a jig tipped with a minnow will produce the best action. Walleye – Slow: Best walleye action occurred during a period from 2-5 a.m., with slot size fish dominating the catch. Troll crankbaits provided the best action. Very little walleye action reported during the daytime.
East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for this species. Bluegill – No Report: Fish the north end for bluegill and crappie action early. Fish the wooden docks on the west side of the lake early, as the water warms fish docks located on the east side. Cast a mini jig to locate panfish, persistence and patience will be rewarded with a mix bag of crappie, bluegill and yellow perch. Walleye – Slow: Very little walleye activity from East Okoboji Lake, best action will occur at night until water clarity declines.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – No Report: Wader fisherman angling after dark traditionally produces good catches of walleye. Fish slow early, a jig tipped with a minnow slowly retrieved will produce nice catches. As the water warms cast twister tails and minnow intimating baits for consistent action.
West Okoboji Lake
Crappie – No Report: Fish the canals for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, best action will occur during sunny warm days. Yellow Perch – Fair: Dock fishing in Smiths Bay resulted in catches of yellow perch, crappie and bluegill. Walleye – Fair: Fish between points and bars resulted in walleye action after dark.
Crappie – No Report: Fish the submerged brush piles on warm sunny days using a minnow under a slip bobber will produce fish up to 11 inches. Once bullheads become active cast a mini jig and swim it back to the boat to find active fish.
Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – No Report: Good opportunities exist to catch angler acceptable sized and larger channel catfish from Five Island Lake. Walleye – No Report: Expect walleye angling to pick up in the next few weeks after the water warms.
Lost Island Lake
Crappie – No Report: Fish the canal s for crappie action, activity will continue to improve as the water warms. Walleye – No Report: Anglers fishing the east side should catch post-spawn walleye.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Spring gillnetting efforts indicate a good population of walleye with a lot of fish in the slot. Fishing for walleye continues to be slow.
Fisheries survey in April found excellent numbers of northern pike and yellow perch are present. Northern Pike – Good: Good numbers of northern pike were caught over the weekend. Cast crankbaits and spinners for the best action. Yellow Perch – No Report: Good numbers of yellow perch were sampled averaging 9.0 inches.
West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish – Good: Fish brush piles with traditional catfish baits.