Rock Piles Provide Good Bass Fishing on Big Spirit Lake

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Water levels are very low. Avoid using the Bel Air boat ramp. White Bass – Fair: Anglers that have been targeting walleye are usually getting into a few white bass. Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing continues to be slow. Cooling water temperatures may help to turn the fall bite on. The dredge machine is still in operation. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge barge, pump barge, and pipeline, especially with the low water conditions.

Swan Lake

Fishing is starting to pick up. Water levels are very low and it may be difficult to get a boat in. Channel Catfish – Slow: Some channel catfish have been caught from the fish house with stink bait. Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are also being caught. Expect the bluegills to be in the 7 to 7.5-inch size range. Crappie – Fair: The crappie bite is picking up.

Big Spirit Lake

Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Rock piles continue to shine for smallmouth but don’t overlook nearby weed lines when looking for bronze backs. Yellow Perch – Slow: Action has been spotty but active fish can be found it just takes a little leg work. Try drifting mud flats or weed lines with either wigglers or minnows. Walleye – Good: Action seems to be picking up especially for wader fishermen in the evening many of the fish being caught are in the 11-14-inch range along with a few slots. Trolling crankbaits has yielded a few fish over the slot limit, but the action is still hit or miss.

 East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: rock piles and drop offs have been producing a few fish. Trolling and jigging have been the best producers. Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass action has been good look for rock piles and drop offs. Wigglers and worms produce well on either a jigging spoon or a slip bobber. Trolling small crank baits can also prove effective.

West Okoboji Lake

Northern Pike – Fair: Try fishing with buck tails or spoons around weed lines or holes in the weed beds. Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills around weeds and on rock piles. Try using red worms and wigglers either on a jigging spoon or under a slip bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try fishing on the drop offs and don’t be afraid to move around to locate a school of bigger fish as there are many small ones. Fishing in 8-15 feet of water using jigging spoons with wigglers has been bringing some results. Yellow Bass – Good: Try using a jigging spoon tipped with wigglers in 15-25 feet of water just off the weed edge and down the drop a bit.

Lost Island Lake

Yellow bass and bluegill fishing has been decent with good sized yellow bass leading the way.

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