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
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 and miss with fish of all sizes being caught.
West Okoboji 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.
1,500 rainbow trout were stocked in mid November. Use jigging spoons or teardrop jigs just under the ice to a few feet down. A trout stamp is needed to fish for or possess trout. Another 1,500 rainbow will be stocked on January 25.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Anglers have reported slow fishing, but the ice is around 12 to 14 inches thick.