Trolling And Jigging Best Walleye Producers on East Okoboji

The latest Northwest Iowa fishing report is out including results for Big Spirit and East Okoboji.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

White Bass – Fair: Anglers targeting walleye are usually getting into a few white bass.  Walleye – Slow: Walleye fishing continues to be slow.  Cooling water temperature may help to turn the fall bite on. Water levels are very low.  Avoid using the Bel Air boat ramp.  The dredge machine is still in operation on Storm Lake.  Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge barge, pump barge, and pipeline, especially with the low water conditions.


Swan Lake

Fishing is starting to pick up.  Channel Catfish – Slow: Some channel catfish have been caught from the fish house with stink bait.  Bluegill – Fair: Some bluegills are also being caught.  Expect the bluegills to be 7 to 7.5 inches.  Crappie – Fair: The crappie bite is picking up. Water levels are very low and it may be difficult to get a boat in.


Big Spirit Lake

White Bass – Good: Action can be great once a school is located but they don’t seem to stay in one place for more than a few days.  Most anything resembling a minnow can get hit.  Smallmouth Bass – Good: Try throwing crankbaits around rock piles and don’t overlook the top water option on nice days.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Action has been spotty but active fish can be found it just takes a little leg work.  Try drifting mud flats or weed lines with either wigglers or minnows. Walleye – Good: Action seems to be picking up especially for wader fishermen in the evening many of the fish being caught are in the 11-14 inches range along with a few slots.  Trolling crankbaits has yielded a few fish, but the action is still hit or miss.


East Okoboji Lake

Walleye – Fair: rock piles and drop offs have been producing a few fish.  Trolling and jigging have been the best producers.  Yellow Bass – Good: Yellow bass action has been good look for rock piles and drop offs.  Wigglers and worms produce well on either a jigging spoon or a slip bobber.  Trolling small crankbaits can also prove effective.


Silver Lake (Dickinson)

We have received no information regarding fishing on this water body this week.


West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills around weeds and on rock piles. Use red worms and wigglers either on a jigging spoon or under a slip bobber.  Yellow Perch – Fair: Fish 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: Try using 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

A mixed bag of walleye, crappie, and yellow bass has been coming in and action has been good.  Try pitching jig and minnow combos for all three along drop offs and other structure.




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