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.
West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike – Slow: Tip-ups fished near weed beds have provided some action. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slower than previous years but a few are being caught. Moving around and drilling a lot of holes may provide the best action. Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish have been in 40 feet plus of water and lots of small fish have been caught. Keep in mind that fish coming out of deep water have a higher mortality rate.
Big Spirit Lake
There is 22-24 inches of ice. Bluegill – Slow: Try fishing Anglers Bay in early morning and late afternoon. Crappie – Slow: Similar to the bluegills a few have been caught in Anglers Bay and the best bite is early and late in the day. Yellow Perch – Slow: The perch bite has been very slow with only a few fish being caught. Try fishing in transition areas such as the edge of rock piles or look toward the basin. Walleye – Slow: Most fishermen have been fishing around rock piles early and late in the day.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
There is currently 22-24 inches of ice and a few shacks are on the main lake basin.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice conditions range from 15-20 inches. White Bass – Fair: Small white bass are being caught by walleye anglers. Walleye – Slow: Fish are being caught on small spoons tipped with minnow heads. Most are 7-8 inches, but a few slot size fish are also being caught. Geese have a small open hole between the islands. All walleye between 17-22 inches must be immediately released and no more than one over 22 inches may be kept per day. The daily limit is three.