There is open water along the north side of the lake from the Chataqua Jetty on westward.
Mill Creek (Lake)
Bluegill fishing has been decent and a few bass are being caught. Try small jigs and hang on – a big bass may hit at any time.
Big Spirit Lake
Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: A few have reported seeing pike while sight fishing for bluegills. Try putting tip ups out in shallow areas and around weeds. Bluegill – Slow: A few gills are being caught in Anglers Bay using small jigs tipped with live bait or plastic. Yellow Perch – Slow: The perch continue to be finicky but a few are being caught once located. Try spoons and small jigs with wigglers.
East Okoboji Lake
Walleye season is closed until May 4. Yellow Bass – Fair: Finding a school of yellow bass may be a bit of a challenge but once located they can be fairly active. Try jigs tipped with live bait or plastic.
West Okoboji Lake
Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: Try putting out tip-ups around weeds. Bluegill – Slow: Emerson and Miller bays continue to be the most popular areas to fish for bluegills with Smiths Bay gaining some attention. Sight fishing with small jigs and light line can be a good way to catch a few fish. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few perch are still being caught out deep as well as in the weeds while fishing for bluegills.
Walleye – Slow: A few walleye are being caught in the early morning hours. Try jigging spoons and jigging Rapalas tipped with minnow heads along with a dead stick or tip-up set nearby.
For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840