DNR Fishing Report
Nelson Park Lake
Panfishing is starting to pick up. Channel Catfish – Slow: Fishing has been slow for catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegill are starting to move in close to shore. Anglers have been picking up some bluegill off the face of the dam. The action isn’t real hot, but the bluegill that are being caught are nine-inch plus. Use a small black jig and fish near shore. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Fishing has been slow for bass.
Brushy Creek Lake
Water clarity is good. Bluegill – Fair: Bluegills are moving close to shore. Anglers should fish tight to the inside edge of the weed lines (shore side of the weed edge). Crappie – Fair: Crappies are moving close to shore. Anglers should fish tight to the inside edge of the weed lines (shore side of the weed edge). Walleye – Good: Anglers have had good success casting jigs for walleye. Try baiting your jig with a minnow or a piece of nightcrawler.
Storm Lake (including
Little Storm Lake)
The dredge machine is in operation on Storm Lake. Boaters should use caution and stay clear of the dredge machine, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are close to shore and anglers should do well with traditional catfish baits. Most fish are around two pounds. White Bass – Good: White bass are tight to shore. Anglers should try casting hair jigs baited with a minnow or white twisters close to shore. There are a lot of white bass hanging around the big island and the east shore from the boat ramp north to the end of King’s Pointe jetty. Walleye – Excellent: Anglers did very well for walleye last weekend and fish are continuing to be caught this week. Trolling shad colored crankbaits has produced good numbers of fish. Anglers that have been trolling 3+ MPH have been doing the best. Anglers were also catching good numbers of walleye casting jigs baited with a piece of night crawler just south of the college island. Many fish in the slot are being caught along with legal sized fish. The daily bag limit for walleye is three. All walleye between 17-22 inches must be released, and only one over 22 inches may be kept.
North Twin Lake
Fishing has been slow and few anglers have been out. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfish have moved in close to shore. Crappie – Fair: Fair numbers of crappie were picked up around the docks in the southwest part of the lake. Walleye – Fair: Some anglers are reporting decent catches of walleye. Anglers are using jumbo size leeches to try and keep the small yellow bass off while fishing for walleye. Yellow Bass – Slow: Yellow bass are hitting, but it’s hard to find one over seven inches.
Panfishing has picked up. Water levels at Swan Lake are several feet low. Bluegill – Fair: Some 7 to 8 inch bluegill are being picked up while crappie fishing. Crappie – Good: The crappie bite has picked up. The crappies are in close to shore and anglers should focus their efforts around the jetties. Most crappies are 8-9 inches with a few 10 inchers mixed in.
Black Hawk Lake
Water clarity is excellent and lake levels are about 10 inches below crest. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers were catching bluegill around the stone pier. Most of the fish are around seven inches with a few slightly over seven being picked up. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Many sub legal largemouth bass can be caught fishing the woody shorelines along ice house point and shotgun hill. Walleye – Fair: Many sub legal walleye are being picked up. There aren’t a lot of legal fish yet since restocking began after the renovation.
East Okoboji Lake
Channel Catfish – No Report: Fish after dark with bait on the bottom will produce excellent angling for this species.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Good: Action at the canal area continues to be good, look for the fish to shift to the main lake as the water warms, fish wooden docks associated with deeper water for the best action. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Good action reported for this pole bending species, look for bedding fish. Largemouth Bass – Good: Good largemouth bass action continues with the canals producing fish. Look for deeper wooden docks in the main lake will also hold fish. Walleye – Good: Best action occurs after dark. Boat and wader fisherman have been successful with good numbers of 14-16-inch size fish being caught. No day bite being reported during the day.
Five Island Lake
Channel Catfish – No Report: Good opportunities exist to catch angler acceptable sized and larger channel catfish. Walleye – Good: Walleye action continues with anglers catching fish using crankbaits and other traditional baits.
Lost Island Lake
Channel Catfish – Good: Fish traditional baits for excellent pole bending action. Good numbers of channel catfish has been observed in the little lake (area south of the bridge). Walleye – Fair: Some walleye are being caught from the main basin, fish traditional baits.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
Walleye – Good: Good numbers of fish is reported to be caught in the Spencer area.
West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)
Channel Catfish – Good: Fish deep brush piles for consistent action.