Walleye fishing has picked up a little bit over the past week, but there still hasn’t been a lot of angler effort due to the weather. Focus efforts around the college island and east end of the lake.
Big Spirit Lake
Expect to find 12-16 inches of ice across most of the lake with ATV travel being the best means at this time. Northern Pike – Slow: Most pike are being caught by accident on walleye tackle but setting tip-ups with chubs around structure has been producing some fish. Bluegill – Slow: A few gills are being caught in Little Angler’s Bay and off the grade. Try small jigs and being very quite as they are spooked easily. Yellow Perch – Slow: Look for perch off the end of structure and in the main basin. Searching for active fish may be needed to catch numbers. Wigglers, waxies, and minnow heads on either spoons or small jigs seem to be the go to lures. Walleye – Slow: Action seems restricted to dawn and dusk without much of a pattern revealing itself. Try using spoons and jigging raps tipped with a minnow head.
West Okoboji Lake
There is currently 12-16 inches of ice and ATVs are driving on much of the lake. Truck traffic is not recommended. Northern Pike – Fair: Setting tip-ups in or near weeds and on drop offs is producing a few pike. Bluegill – Slow: Look for bluegills in the bays (Emerson and Millers seem to be the best) in or near standing weeds. Try small jigs tipped with wax worms or wigglers but don’t overlook some of the finesse plastics. Yellow Perch – Fair: Look for perch in 20 plus feet of water along drop-offs or on mudflats. Small jigs tipped with either wigglers or plastic seem to produce the best.
Lost Island Lake
Walleye – Slow: Look for walleyes around dawn and dusk as well as into the night. Try jigging raps and spoons tipped with minnow heads.
Silver Lake (Palo Alto)
Walleye and perch fishing has been slow but if you pay your dues, some nice fish can be caught. Being very quiet and fishing during low light will bring the most fish.
For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.