Little Sioux Park Lake
The bluegill fishing has slowed in the north end at Little Sioux Park. Try spreading out and fishing in areas with low pressure. Bass are hitting in the east arm.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Anglers are catching a few walleye, channel catfish, and northern pike at the Linn Grove Dam. Northern Pike – Fair: Fewer and smaller northerns are being caught compared to last week. Use a two ounce sinker with a 3 to 4-inch chub and fish where the river narrows and the current picks up near the boat ramp. Regular chubs work better than suckers; hook them through the head.
Fishing has been picking up in our area. The water is far warmer than normal for this time of year. For more information contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Water temperature as of March 28, was 57 degrees. Special walleye regulations at Storm Lake are three walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one walleye over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye – Fair: The walleye fishing from shore has slowed down some. Recent gill net sets show that very few walleye are in close to shore.
Anglers are catching LOTS of 8 to 9-inch crappies; minnows seem to be best, but Berkley baits and twister tails work well also.
Crappie – Fair: A few crappies have been reported try using slow presentations such as small jigs and minnows under bobbers.
Big Spirit Lake
Walleye season is closed. Panfish are being caught off the North Grade and Templar Park. A few smallmouth bass along with white bass may be caught on rock piles in various parts of the lake. Bullhead – Fair: A few bullheads are being caught off the north grade and the action should continue to improve as the water warms. Yellow Perch – Slow: A few people have been targeting perch in the deeper water when the wind allows for a slow drift.
West Okoboji Lake
Walleye season is closed. Try targeting protected shallow areas for bluegills and crappie using a slow presentation and small offerings should come with good results. Bluegill – Fair: The canals off the main lake are producing a few gills along with crappie and bass.
Northern Pike fry were stocked this week.
Big Sioux River
Good catches of catfish have been reported along with a few walleye and pike. Channel Catfish – Good: Fish are being caught on cut bait, night crawlers, and dead chubs.
As water temperatures improve the fishing should follow. A few walleye and catfish have been reported on the rivers in the area. For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the Spirit Lake hatchery at 712-336-1840.