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
Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed down recently. A few slot fish are still being caught but harvest has been tough the past week or so. The best action has been on live bait presented very slowly near weedlines and rocky points.
Northern Pike – Fair: A few pike are being harvested by anglers using spinner baits near weedbeds.
Largemouth Bass – Fair: Soft plastics and spinner baits worked near vertical structures should produce a few decent bass right now.
Little Spirit Lake:
Bullhead – Fair: Anglers continue to harvest 9 to 11 inch bullheads from the shorelines using crawler rigs.
East Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits.
Yellow Bass – Fair: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.
West Okoboji Lake
Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly.
Yellow Perch – Good: Fishing has slowed down a little bit but anglers are still catching quite a few perch by working deep weed lines and rocky structures with live bait.
Bluegill – Fair: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds.
Lost Island Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Using a small jig tipped with live bait near weed edges is producing small size class fish.
Channel Catfish – Good: Using cut or stink bait after dark is producing some nice size cats right now.
Yellow Bass – Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.
Yellow Perch – Fair: Small jigs under a slip bobber tipped with live bait near weed lines and rocky structures should attract a few perch for anglers.
White Bass – Fair: A small hair jig tipped with a white or chartreuse twister should get white bass interested.
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: Try shrimp, dip bait, or cut bait.
Walleye – Fair: Some keepers and slot fish are being caught trolling cranks.