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 Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Big Spirit Lake
The best bite for all species has been around sunrise and sunset. Bluegill – Slow: Try Anglers Bay in early morning and late afternoon. Crappie – Slow: Similar to bluegills, a few have been caught in Anglers Bay and the best bite is early and late in the day. Yellow Perch – Slow: The perch bite has been very slow with only a few fish being caught. Try fishing transition areas such as the edge of rock piles or look toward the basin. Walleye – Slow: Most fishermen have been fishing around rock piles early and late in the day.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
There is 19-21 inches of ice on the lake and a few shacks are on the main lake basin.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Ice conditions have been reported as ranging from 15-20 inches. The geese still have a small open hole between the islands. All walleye between 17-22 inches must be immediately released and no more than one over 22 inches may be kept per day. The daily limit is three. White Bass – Fair: Fish are being caught on 1/16 ounce buckshot spoons tipped with minnow heads in 5-6 feet of water. Mostly small fish. Walleye – Fair: Fish are being caught on 1/16 ounce buckshot spoons tipped with minnow heads in 5-6 feet of water. Mostly small fish with a few in the slot.
West Okoboji Lake
Northern Pike – Slow: Tip-ups fished near weed beds have provided some action. Bluegill – Slow: Bluegill fishing has been slower than previous years but a few are being caught. Moving around and drilling a lot of holes may provide the best action.