This Week’s Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Iowa DNRThe 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 current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.




West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Slow: Look for bluegills in and around the weeds try using small jigs tipped with wigglers or wax worms. Yellow Perch – Slow: Small fish seem to dominate the catch but bigger fish can be found with some effort. Try a pilkie tipped with wigglers.


East Okoboji Lake

Yellow Bass – No Report: Look for yellow bass on the rock piles and drop-offs action should be good once a school is located.


Big Spirit Lake

Walleye – Slow: With the water temperature falling, slower presentations are more productive.  Wader fishermen continue to be having the best luck around sunset and into the night.  Boat fishing has been difficult.


Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Try fishing twister tails and minnows in deeper holes.


Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)

Reports are still coming in with anglers catching walleye in the Little Sioux. Large white twisters are working great. Live chubs have been producing good walleye as well.  Focus on deeper pools, such as below rock riffles, near bridges, and around snags.


West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

A slow presentation may be best but walleyes can be caught on twister tails and minnows in some of the deeper holes.


For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.

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