Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out

Date posted - March 22, 2012

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Anglers are starting to catch walleye in the main lake.  Special walleye regulations at Storm Lake are three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept.  Walleye – Good: Anglers are catching walleye using a split shot about eight inches above a bare hook with a minnow.  They usually use a bobber unless it’s windy, then they put on more weight and don’t use a bobber.  Best location has been the east side near the boat ramp.

 Swan Lake

Anglers are catching some 8 to 9-inch crappies; minnows seem to be best, but Berkley baits and twister tails work well also.

Big Spirit Lake

Walleye season is closed. For ice out action try targeting the North Grade and Templar Park for crappie.  A few smallmouth bass along with white bass may be caught on rock piles in various parts of the lake.

West Okoboji Lake

Try targeting protected shallow areas for bluegills and crappie using a slow presentation and small offerings should come with good results.

As water temperature warms, fishing should improve.  A few walleye and catfish have been reported on the rivers in the area.   For more information on fishing in northwestIowa, call the Spirit Lake hatchery at 712-336-1840.

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