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)
Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. 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. Walleye – Fair: Anglers are having success in the shallower areas near east shore. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching catfish near shore. White Bass – Fair: White bass are being caught on shad, crawlers, and crankbaits.
Docks at the city ramp, McIntosh State Park, and Ventura are out for the season. The fish cleaning station is closed. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers have been having action near the Batiste Camp area and the MacIntosh swim beach fishing with cut bait. The rock humps by the State Dock area on the north shore have been producing yellows and an occasional walleye. The mouths of the canals have also been good especially on south wind days. Yellows seem to want a slow moving bait rather than a still bait. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being caught while slow drifting for yellows bass. Yellow Perch – Fair: Some perch have been caught near the south Ventura jetty.
Big Spirit Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair: Anglers are picking up some nice perch in 18-20 feet of water off of the Marble Beach boat ramp. Silver and blue has been the hot color.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
As of Thursday, discharge around Linn Grove is 435 cfs and around Correctionville is 832 cfs. A few walleye are being caught around the Correctionville area.