Best Fishing Early Morning And Late Evening At Spirit Lake
Date posted - September 8, 2012
Water levels are very low at Storm Lake. Boaters must use extreme caution when boating at high speeds. Channel Catfish – Slow: A few channel cats are being picked up. White Bass – Fair: Anglers are catching some white bass from the east shore. The bites come in waves as the schools move through.
Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)
The Little Sioux River has low water. Fishing is slow, but some smaller channel catfish are being picked up using nightcrawlers.
Water temperatures have risen slightly compared to last week. Water levels continue to drop at most lakes.
Big Spirit Lake
Fishing has been slow with the best action coming early in the morning and late in the evening. White Bass – Good: If action is what you are looking for then look no further when a school of white bass is located the fishing can be fast and furious. Try plastics like twister tails and shad on a lead head, top water may also be good at dawn and dusk. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Rock piles continue to shine for smallmouth but don’t overlook nearby weed lines. Yellow Perch – Slow: Once an active school of perch is located the fishing can be good but locating numbers seems to be difficult. The two main areas are in or near the weeds or on the mudflats but they may be found in transition areas between depending on the day. Try wigglers on a jigging spoon and don’t be surprised to pick up some bonus bluegill or walleye. Walleye – Slow: With the warm conditions this past week the fishing was slow but a few fish can still be caught. Try trolling crankbaits and spinners near bottom or fishing around the weed lines. Live bait rigs have not been as effective as they were earlier this year but a few fish may be picked up on Lindy rigs.
West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike – Fair: Try fishing buck tails or spoons around weed lines or holes in the weed beds. Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills around weed edges and on rock piles. Use red worms and wigglers either on a jigging spoon or under a slip bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try fishing on the drop offs and don’t be afraid to move around to locate a school of bigger fish as there are many small ones. Fishing 8-15 feet of water using jigging spoons with wigglers has been bringing some results.
Lost Island Lake
Yellow bass and bluegill fishing has been decent with good sized yellow bass leading the way.
For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
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