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 fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are close to shore and anglers should do well with traditional catfish baits. Most fish are around two pounds. White Bass – Good: White bass are tight to shore. Anglers should try casting hair jigs baited with a minnow or white twisters close to shore. There are a lot of white bass hanging around the big island and the east shore from the boat ramp north to the end of King’s Pointe jetty. Walleye – Excellent: Anglers did very well for walleye last weekend and fish are continuing to be caught this week. Trolling shad colored crankbaits has produced good numbers of fish. Anglers that have been trolling 3+ MPH have been doing the best. Anglers were also catching good numbers of walleye casting jigs baited with a piece of night crawler just south of the college island. Many fish in the slot are being caught along with legal sized fish. The daily bag limit for walleye is three. All walleye between 17-22 inches must be released, and only one over 22 inches may be kept.
Big Spirit Lake
Northern Pike – Good: Trolling crankbaits has produced the best action with good numbers caught last week. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Fish the deeper rock piles as the water warms on clear sunny days. Look for prespawn fish and fish slowly; a jig tipped with a minnow will produce the best action. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass angling continues to be reported. Walleye – Fair: Activity continues to improve as the day bite has started. Most fish are being caught in depths of 15 feet and deeper. Best action continues to be after dark. Dock or wader angling after 9 p.m. has produced the best action. Slot fish continue to be caught; however, numbers of harvest able size fish is being creeled by the Spirit Lake walleye angler.
East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for this species.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Action at the canal area continues to be good, look for the fish to shift to the main lake as the water warms, fish wooden docks associated with deeper water for the best action. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good action reported for this pole bending species, look for bedding fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass action continues with the canals producing fish. Look for deeper wooden docks in the main lake will also hold fish. Walleye – Good: Best action occurs after dark. Boat and wader fisherman have been successful with good numbers of 14-16-inch size fish being caught. No day bite being reported during the day.