WEEKLY FISHING REPORT Let's Go Outdoors and Go Fishing

25 Jun

Eli caught this 12 inch white crappie at a farm pond on April 30th. It was the first fish for the beginning angler (Photo Submitted Iowa DNR)

This weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys and county and state parks staff. You can check the activity of your favorite lake or stretch of river within each district, including which species are being caught, a rating of the bite (slow, fair, good or excellent), as well as a hot bait or lure pattern.

For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

Stay safe when fishing this summer with these tips:

  • Try a new fishing spot — if your regular fishing location is popular and busy, try out a new one that is not so crowded. 
  • Once you find your spot, keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and other groups.
  • Stick with your immediate family, but keep groups to fewer than 10 people.
  • Bring lures from home instead of buying bait to minimize your interaction with other people.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands often.
  • Arrowhead Lake
    - Fair: Find bluegill spawning beds near shore in gravel and sandy substrate.  Cast a small jig fished under a bobber near these areas to target the males guarding the nests.

    Black Hawk Lake
    Yellow Perch - Slow.
    Largemouth Bass – Fair: Cast traditional bass lures and plastics along shore. You can catch fish anywhere around the lake, but some of the best areas are Ice House point shoreline, inlet bay and bridge area near the outlet, and along Gunshot Hill.
    Walleye - Slow. Channel Catfish - Fair:Try cut bait, dip baits or crankbaits fished near shore.
    Bluegill – Fair.

    Brushy Creek Lake
    Black Crappie - Fair: Use a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig fished under a bobber near shore between patches of vegetation in 5-10 feet of water by rocks or woody structure.
    Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw traditional bass lures, plastics or weedless lures near submerged structure and along weed lines.
    Yellow Perch - Slow.
    Walleye – Slow.
    Bluegill - Fair.  
    Channel Catfish - Fair: Brushy Creek Lake has a low-density population of larger channel catfish. Target these larger fish near shore with rocky structure using a variety of cut baits and crankbaits.

    North Twin Lake
    Water temperature is in the low 70's.
    Yellow Bass - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler or waxworm fished under a small bobber in 3-6 feet of water near shore. If fishing from boat, you may need to move around to stay on top of fish. Yellow bass are 6-10 inches long.
    Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are numerous in North Twin Lake and are spawning. Use cut baits and crankbaits near shore with rocky structure to catch these aggressive fish. 

    Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
    Water temperatures are in the low 70's. Water clarity is 3-5 feet. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye, and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day.
    Walleye - Fair: Anglers have had luck in the main lake drifting with leeches or crawlers along the dredge cuts and trolling crankbaits.
    Yellow Perch – Fair: Pick up perch along shore in the marina and north and east shores.
    White Bass - Fair: The bite has been hit or miss. Anglers are picking up white bass from shore and in the main like while trolling. Use twisters, crawlers or crankbaits in the marina, near the inlet and north and east shores in the main lake.
    Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are abundant in Storm Lake. Try a variety of dip baits, cut baits and crankbaits fished near shore.

    Water temperatures are in the mid-70's in the Black Hawk District. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.

East Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 71 degrees. There is a great panfish bite that is moving further out into deeper water post-spawn.
Bluegill – Excellent: Large schools are moving into the shallows to bed and can easily be caught around hoists and docks.
Black Crappie – Fair.
Yellow Perch – Good: A good open water bite has started to pick up.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Good: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms.
Black Crappie - Good: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Use rubber worms or other slow moving jigs.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Perch – Fair.
Walleye – Fair.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye – Good.

Spirit Lake
The walleye season is open. A great yellow perch bite has been seen lately. The water temperature is 73 degrees. Bluegill - Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore post-spawn.
Walleye - Good: A fairly good bite lately can also be seen from shore.
Black Bullhead - Fair: Anglers have been successful at the north grade.
Yellow Perch - Good: The bite has really picked up; fish are a little deeper than what can be easily fished from shore.

West Okoboji Lake
The walleye season is open. The water temperature is 71 degrees. The panfish bite has been great. 
Bluegill - Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair.
Largemouth Bass - Fair.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Schools have started to move deeper off shore.

A great Yellow Perch and Bluegill open water bite has been seen lately. Iowa Great Lake water temperatures have warmed up quickly and are a little warmer than 70 degrees. This week’s extended forecast calls for temperatures ranging from the upper 80's to low 90's. For current conditions, call the Spirit Lake District Office at 712-336-1840.

Beeds Lake
Bluegill – Good: Use a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore.
Black Crappie – Slow.
Yellow Bass – Fair.

Clear Lake
The water temperature is in the low 70's
Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching walleyes drift fishing a jig and crawler near vegetation. Try slip bobber fishing a leech on the rock reefs.
Yellow Bass – Slow: The best bite is at first light.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try a piece of cut bait or chicken liver fished on the bottom after sunset. 

Crystal Lake
Black Crappie - Slow: Drift fish a minnow or small jig near the dredge cut.
Largemouth Bass - Good. Bluegill - Good: Try a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore.

Lower Pine Lake
Popular fishing spots get crowded in the afternoon; arrive early to avoid crowds.  Don’t park along the west side of the highway.  If the boat trailer parking lot is full, try Upper Pine Lake. Bluegill - Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7 inch fish. Black Crappie – Fair.
Largemouth Bass – Good.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Try chicken liver or cut bait fished on the bottom near the spillway. 

Upper Pine Lake
Bluegill - Good: Shore anglers are catching good numbers of 4 to 7 inch fish.
Largemouth Bass – Good.
Black Crappie - Fair.

For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Garrett Frimann caught this 14.25 inch black crappie in a Cherokee County farm pound May 31st. The fish weighed 1.15 pounds and was caught using a Soft Plastic lure. (Photo Submitted by Iowa DNR)

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