Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing has been pretty slow at Storm Lake. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are catching a few walleye but it has not been real fast action. The point off the north side of the marina has been producing some walleye. 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.
Big Spirit Lake
Walleye and musky season is closed. A few panfish are being caught in Templar Park and the North Grade. Panfish action has been spotty on the main lake with a few crappies coming off docks. Northern Pike – Fair: Try using spoons, and spinner baits around vegetation. White Bass – Fair: Locating an active school of white bass is the hard part once found something resembling a minnow should get good results. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Finding rock piles or other structure in 5-15 feet of water is key for catching smallmouth. Largemouth Bass – Slow: A few largemouth bass have moved in to pre-spawn areas.
East Okoboji Lake
Walleye and musky season is closed. Bullhead – Fair: Try using worms on bottom. Yellow Bass – Good: Many yellow bass are being caught try looking for rocks and wood and use small baits.
Yellow Bass – Good: Try using small jigs tipped with either a twister tail or piece of worm. Expect lots of small fish with a few bigger ones mixed in. A few bluegill and crappie may be mixed in.
West Okoboji Lake
Walleye and musky season is closed. The canals seem to be where the most action is with bluegills and largemouth bass gaining the most attention but many of the fish are small. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: A few smallies have been caught off rock piles but with the clear water most fish are spooky.
Big Sioux River
Walleye – Slow: Walleye action has been slowing down on the river but a few may still be caught.
Northern Pike – Slow: Look for pike in current breaks near pools and around cover. Try casting spinner baits, spoons, and minnow baits and don’t forget the steel leader. Channel Catfish – Slow: A few cats are being caught; try fishing deeper holes and around cover.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
A mixed bag is being caught on worms including catfish, bullheads, carp, suckers, and sheephead. Some walleye may also be taken on worms but twister tails may be a better option and be prepared to catch a pike or two. Targeting deeper pools seems to bring the best results.
A reminder to bow fisherman please dispose of your fish properly and it is unlawful to sell fish. Walleye weekend is May 5 – 6 on the Iowa Great Lakes remember to be courteous to fellow lake users. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake fish hatchery at 712-336-1840.