Spirit Lake, Iowa — 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 fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Black Hawk Lake
Ice fishing is not recommended. Look for open water fishing opportunities at the inlet bridge and around the fishing shelter in Town Bay. Little fishing activity since last week.
Brushy Creek Lake
Ice fishing is not recommended.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice fishing is not recommended. Ice conditions are generally unknown and can change fast with the warm temperatures and recent rains. Access will be difficult or impossible as ice along shore continues to degrade. Look for potential open water angling opportunities near the inlet.
Ice fishing is not recommended on most lakes in the district; ice conditions are deteriorating fast, especially along shore. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
There is still 18 – 20 inches of ice on most of the lake. The top several inches of ice is now soft and conditions are changing fast with the warm temperatures. Foot traffic only advised. Black Crappie – Good. Yellow Bass – Good. Yellow Perch – Fair. Walleye – Slow.
With above freezing temperatures this week, ice conditions are changing fast. Use caution near vegetation sticking out of the ice and near the accesses. Foot traffic only advised. For information on the lakes and rivers in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
No vehicles are being driven on the Iowa Great Lakes and area lakes. Foot traffic only as ice at access points is changing daily with the snow melt and warm temperatures. Limited fishing activity observed at the Iowa Great Lakes and area lakes. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.