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 Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Storm Lake is at full pool. Channel Catfish – Excellent: Anglers are catching good numbers of 18 to 22-inch channel catfish from shore using nightcrawlers and cut bait. White Bass – Good: White bass are being picked up trolling crankbaits and fishing with nightcrawlers from shore. Walleye – Good: Boat anglers have been catching quite a few walleye trolling crankbaits, but many are slot fish. Anglers should also try crawler harnesses or bright colored jigs. Shore anglers should try fishing with a night crawler on the bottom near the return flow from the dredge machine (on the east side) or along the high banks on the north shore. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake. The hydraulic dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake. There is a pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to the surface at times. Anglers are allowed three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one fish over 22 inches may be kept.
North Twin Lake
Water levels have reached crest elevation. Water clarity is poor. Channel Catfish – Fair: Some anglers are catching catfish from shore; try nightcrawlers on the bottom. Crappie – Fair: Decent sized crappie are being picked up around the docks. Walleye – Fair: Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers having been catching decent numbers of yellow bass, but sorting is required.
Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake was renovated last fall. Although fish have been restocked, there are no catchable size fish in the lake. Black Hawk Lake is now flowing over the spillway.
Snyder Bend Lake
White bass and catfish are biting. Some anglers are picking crappie.
Little Sioux Park Lake
Fishing for bass has been good. Use a worm or leech under a bobber or try a slow retrieve with a plastic worm. Target the north part of the lake near the fork or between the catfish cages and the swim beach.
Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead – Good: Action on the Grade is still hot. Throw a worm on the bottom and be ready. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Sight fishing in the bull rushes is starting to pick up look for nesting fish but the big females may yet be out deeper. Walleye – Fair: Try fishing deep during the day and moving shallow during dawn and dusk. Drifting and trolling leeches, crawlers, and minnows has produced a few fish. Wader fishing is still producing a few fish. Try casting twister tails or live bait under a bobber.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
White Bass – Good: Location can be key, but once locate the bite can be good try using crankbaits, twister tails, and don’t overlook top waters. Walleye – Fair: Fishing has been fair but the bite is day to day; try trolling crankbaits or live bait rigs. The early morning and late afternoon bite has been best.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill action has slowed in the canals but may still be found in the bays. Try in the back corners and look for beds. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for bass in the canals and other shallow areas.
Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods. Walleye – Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods.
Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Fair: Drifting live bait with Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers has been producing a few fish some days are better than others.