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.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Parts of the lake are starting to ice over. Few anglers have been out this last week, but some crappie and a few perch have been picked up in the marina. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept.
The west part of the lake has had some ice forming but with the warm weather it will not gain much thickness very soon. No fisherman activity this week to report.
Big Spirit Lake
The north grade has a thin layer of ice, but the main lake is still open. Ice conditions are unsafe. Walleye – Fair: Wader fishing on the old foot bridge has been producing a few walleyes.
East Okoboji Lake
Much of the southern shoreline has opened up the past week. Ice travel is not recommended at this time due to unsafe ice conditions. With limited fishable water, fishing activity has been low.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
The lake is covered with a thin layer of ice. Fishing activity has been low due to unsafe ice conditions.
West Okoboji Lake
West Lake is mostly open. Fishing activity has been minimal.