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.
Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead – Fair: Anglers are reporting a decent bullhead bite in the evenings. A great opportunity to get some kids out fishing for these hard fighting fish. Sinking a night crawler to the bottom should do just the trick. Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested by anglers using spinner baits near weed beds. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now. Walleye – Slow: A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past few weeks for daytime anglers. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weed lines and rocky points. Overnight anglers using leeches under a lighted slip bobber have been finding a few 16 inchers up shallow as well.
East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Cut bait, chicken livers and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots. Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crankbaits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action using small jigs tipped with live bait.
Little Spirit Lake
We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light. Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so.