Latest Northwest Iowa Fishing Report Out

Date posted - February 23, 2012

    Big Spirit Lake
    Walleye season is closed. Crappie: Fair – Some nice sized crappie have been caught in Little Angler’s Bay. Yellow Perch: Slow – Most anglers are striking out on perch on Big Spirit, with a few anglers bringing in 5-10 off of Cottonwood Point, Buffalo Run, and Marble Beach.

    West Okoboji Lake
    Walleye season is closed. Bluegill: Good – Bluegill action has been good on the north end and Emerson Bay. Bluegills are tending to be very finicky and spooky. Use light line and be extremely quiet on the ice. Anglers using these techniques are catching nice fish. Northern Pike: Good – Some nice northern pike fishing has been reported using tip-ups and large minnows or chubs. Fish are ranging from 18-38 inches. Try fishing in Emerson Bay on the edge of the weeds. Yellow Perch: Fair – There have been a few nice yellow perch caught in slightly deeper water near Gull Point and Eagle Point.

    Lost Island Lake
    Walleye: Good – Walleye fishing has been good around the new underwater rock reef on the north side of the lake. Walleyes are mainly 10-14 inches long.

    Recent warm weather is starting to melt snow on the ice of area lakes which will weaken the ice, especially around the shorelines. Use caution and good judgment when venturing onto the ice. Besides the lakes listed individually, some shallow lakes in the district have been producing nice yellow perch. These catches have been hit or miss. A few anglers fishing Trumbull Lake, Iowa Lake and Marble Lake recently have reported a few nice perch. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake fish hatchery at 712-336-1840.

    Lake Smith
    Ice thickness is 11 to 14 inches. Anglers have been catching bluegills up to eight inches but a lot of sorting is involved. Best bite is from mid afternoon on.

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