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
There is currently 8-10 inches of ice on the lake. Bluegill – Slow: A few bluegills are being caught in Anglers Bay but action is limited to sunrise and sunset. Crappie – Slow: Similar to bluegill the crappie are coming from anglers bay early and late in the day. Yellow Perch – Slow: Only a handful of perch are being caught but the ones that are tend to be 10-11 inches a few smaller ones are also being caught. Walleye – Slow: Action has been kind of hit or miss with fish of all sizes being caught.
West Okoboji Lake
There is 6-8 inches of ice on most of the lake. Northern Pike – Slow: Tip-ups baited with chubs or small bluegills should bring a few pike. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegills have been difficult to find but a few are being caught by sight fishing in or near the weeds.
Try fishing for trout if you are looking for something new. 1,500 rainbow trout were stocked in mid November and many are still in the pond to be had. Try using jigging spoons or teardrop jigs just under the ice to a few feet down. Just remember a trout stamp is needed to fish for trout. The next stocking date is Jan. 25 with another 1,500 rainbow trout.