Weekly Iowa DNR Fishing Report

Date posted - March 24, 2016

fishing 2Spirit 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)

The recent cool down has slowed some fishing. As of Wednesday March 23rd, water temperature was 42 degrees in the main lake and 45 in the marina. Forecasted temperatures next week could warm things up again, expect good walleye fishing near shore as water temperatures rise.


Big Spirit Lake

Black Crappie – Slow: The bite has slowed after the cold snap. Look for fishing to pick up as the water temperatures increase. Anglers are still catching a couple of crappies at Templar Lagoon and Buffalo. Use small tubes or a minnow under a slip bobber.


East Okoboji Lake

Not much activity this week. Look for the fishing to pick as the water temperatures warm.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

Walleye – Slow: A few walleye have been picked up on the north bridge, the island and the east shoreline. Jigs tipped with minnows fished slow work best.


West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Anglers have been picking up a few nice bluegills on the trestle and in Triboji. Use small tungsten jigs tipped with maggots. Black Crappie – Slow: A few crappies were picked up in Triboji before the cold front pushed through. Try downsizing and slowing your presentation to coax fish into biting.


Walleye season is closed on Big Spirit, West and East lakes.

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