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)
Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught with night crawlers. Fish are 2 to 3 pounds. White Bass – Slow: Anglers should try fishing top waters in the evening when the water is calm. Look for schools of white bass breaking the surface and cast into them. Walleye – Slow: Storm Lake is at full pool. 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 3 walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one fish over 22 inches may be kept.
Big Spirit Lake
Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Look for smallies on the rock piles try throwing crankbaits, jerk baits, and plastics. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for largemouth around the weeds try top water early and late in the day along with crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms. Walleye – Slow: Fishing has been best early and late in the day with leeches being the live bait of choice. Trolling, drifting, and slip bobbers have all been proven fish catchers. Some are trolling crankbaits as well.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Slow: Fishing in the backs of the bays around the weeds can be good at times; look deeper for the biggest fish. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look toward the rock piles for smallmouth action. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try fishing around the weeds in the bays top water and soft plastics should produce.
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.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
The water has come down but is still a bit muddy. Try current seams and brush piles for catfish and walleye.
West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
The water is still a bit high and fishing is tough. Try cut bait or stink bait for catfish in slack water areas or near the edge of the current.