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.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Slow: bluegills should start to move shallower as the water cools. Continue to fish around weed edges and open pockets. Yellow Perch – Fair: Try using a pilkie tipped with wigglers for perch around some sort of structure be it weeds, rocks, drop-offs, or a combination. Most are reporting many small fish with a few nice ones mixed in.
East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a pilkie tipped with wigglers over rock piles.
Big Spirit Lake
Yellow Perch – Slow: Only a handful of perch are being caught and the few that are, are mostly in the 4-7-inch range. Keepers are rare. Walleye – Slow: With the water cooling down the fishing has picked up a bit but is still fairly slow. The best fishing has been in the late afternoon into the first hour after sunset.
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Wader fishing should be picking up; try fishing the late evening with twister tails or a jig and minnow.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation. Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore. Recent sampling has indicated a fair amount of walleye (less than 17 inches) are in the state marina complex.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Try white twister tails in the deeper holes for walleye
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Walleye fishing is starting to pick up a little. Anglers should throw white or chartreuse twisters or other similar baits. Rocky pools, deeper outside bends and below riffles are good places to target fish.
Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri River)
Anglers have been catching good numbers of nice walleye. Fish in the morning and evening hours and focus efforts around rocky habitat and deeper water. Throw white twisters when fishing the channel. If you’re fishing a deep hole you might want to try live bait, such as chubs or large shiners.