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 fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Spring gillnetting efforts indicate a good population of walleye with a lot of fish in the slot. Fishing for walleye has been slow over the past week.
Big Spirit Lake
Smallmouth Bass – No Report: Fish shallow water rock piles early on clear sunny days as these areas warm first, attracting and concentrating fish early. Fish slowly; a jig tipped with a minnow will produce the best action.
East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for this species as channel catfish will typically go on the feedbag after ice out. Bluegill – No Report: Fish the north end for bluegill and crappie action early. Fish the wooden docks on the west side of the lake early, as the water warms fish docks located on the east side. Cast a mini jig to locate panfish, persistence and patience will be rewarded with a mix bag of crappie, bluegill and yellow perch.
West Okoboji Lake
Crappie – No Report: Fish the canal areas for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, best action will occur during sunny warm days.
All lakes in the Spirit Lake District are ice free.