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.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish can be caught with night crawlers. Fish are 2 to 3 pounds. White Bass – Slow: Anglers should try fishing top waters in the evening when the water is calm. Look for schools of white bass breaking the surface and cast into them. Walleye – Slow: Storm Lake is at full pool. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake. The hydraulic dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake. There is a pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to the surface at times. Anglers are allowed three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one fish over 22 inches may be kept.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Catfishing has been very good. Try using stink bait or night crawlers on the bottom.
Big Spirit Lake
Largemouth Bass – Slow: Look for largemouth around the weeds try top water early and late in the day along with crankbaits, jigs and plastic worms. Walleye – Slow: Fishing has been best early and late in the day with leeches being the live bait of choice. Trolling, drifting, and slip bobbers have all been working. Some are trolling crankbaits as well.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Slow: Try fishing deep weed lines and rock piles with a pilkie or slip bobbers. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look toward the rock piles for smallmouth action. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try fishing around the weeds in the bays top water and soft plastics should produce.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
The river is looking pretty good try fishing deeper holes and logjams for catfish with either cut bait or stink bait. A few walleye may be caught on twister tails or minnows.
West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Try cut bait or stink bait for catfish in slack water areas or near the edge of the current.