Big Spirit Lake
Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: A few reported seeing pike while sight fishing for bluegills. Try tip-ups in shallow areas and around weeds. Bluegill – Slow: A few gills are being caught in Anglers Bay. Try small jigs tipped with live bait or plastic. Yellow Perch – Slow: Perch continue to be finicky but once located, a few are being caught. Try spoons and small jigs with wigglers.
East Okoboji Lake
Walleye season is closed until May 4.
West Okoboji Lake
Walleye season is closed until May 4. Northern Pike – Slow: Try tip-ups around weeds. Bluegill – Slow: Emerson and Miller bays are 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 deep and in the weeds while fishing for bluegills.
Ice conditions vary from 6 inches near shore to about 2 inches toward the middle. Rainbow Trout – Good: With the clear water sight fishing is possible. The fish are using the entire water column. Jigging a gold fat boys tipped with waxies around the five feet mark is a proven tactic.
The rain last week has deteriorated some of the shorelines and dirtied water in some areas. Use caution as the late ice season continues. For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.