DNR Recomends as Water Continues to Cool Look For Fish in Their Wintering Locations

Big Spirit Lake

Yellow Perch – Fair: Action has been spotty but active fish can be found, it just takes a little leg work. Try drifting mud flats or weed lines with either wigglers or minnows and don’t overlook shallow water. Walleye – Good: Wader fishing can still be good but a few fish have moved out deeper. Try drifting larger minnows and jigs and plastics in the main lake basin but don’t give up on the shallower water in rock piles and green weeds.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Wader fishing should be good for walleyes in the late afternoon try using twister tails, minnow baits, and minnows along drop-offs and other structure.


West Okoboji Lake

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. Yellow Bass – Good: Try using a jigging spoon tipped with wigglers in 15-25 feet of water just off the weed edge and down the drop a bit.


Lost Island Lake

A mixed bag of walleye, crappie, and yellow bass has been coming in and action has been good. Try pitching jig and minnow combos for all three along drop-offs and other structure.


Scharnberg Pond

1,500 rainbow trout were stocked Nov. 10. Use a variety of things for trout such as small spinners, crappie tubes, worms, and even corn or marshmallows.

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Walleye fishing has been good. Look for deep pools and try white twister tails and minnows.


West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

Fishing has been good especially for walleye but also for catfish. Try twister tails and minnow baits for walleyes and minnows for both catfish and walleye. Target the deeper pools and don’t be afraid to venture away from the bridges but ask permission before fishing private lands.


As the water continues to cool look for fish in their wintering locations and slow your presentations down

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