Big Spirit Lake
Fishing has been slow with the best action coming early in the morning and late in the evening. White Bass – Good: Action can be fast. Use twister tails or plastic shad on a lead head, top water may also be good at dawn and dusk. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Rock piles continue to shine but don’t overlook nearby weed lines. Yellow Perch – Slow: Look for active perch in or near the weeds, on the mudflats or on transition areas in between. Use wigglers on a jigging spoon and don’t be surprised to pick up a bluegill or walleye. Walleye – Slow: Troll crankbaits and spinners near bottom or fishing around the weed lines. Live bait rigs have not been as effective but a few fish may be picked up on Lindy rigs.
East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass – Good: Use wigglers or worms on either a jigging spoon or a slip bobber and look for rock piles and drop offs. Trolling small crankbaits can also prove effective.
West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike – Fair: Try fishing with buck tails or spoons around weed lines or holes in the weed beds. Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills around weeds and on rock piles. Use red worms or wigglers either on a jigging spoon or under a slip bobber. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try fishing on the drop offs and don’t be afraid to move around to locate a school of bigger fish as there are many small ones. Fishing 8-15 feet of water using jigging spoons with wigglers has been bringing some results. Yellow Bass – Good: Use a jigging spoon tipped with wigglers in 15-25 feet of water just off the weed edge and down the drop a bit.
Lost Island Lake
Yellow bass and bluegill fishing has been decent with good sized yellow bass leading the way.
Water temperatures have fallen into the 60s.