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 Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Big Spirit Lake
With the cold temperature early in the week skim ice formed along the edges and in the ends of the bays but has since melted. Walleye – Slow: With the water temperature falling, slower presentations have been better producers. Wader fishermen continue having the best luck around sunset and into the night. Boat fishing has been difficult.
East Okoboji Lake
Much of the north end of the lake froze Monday night but is likely to be open once the weather warms. Yellow Bass – No Report: Look for yellow bass on the rock piles and drop-offs action should be good once a school is located.
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.