Fishing reports are compiled every other week beginning in August. For current information on fishing conditions for your lake or area, contact the office in that district.
Spirit Lake (Dickinson): Yellow perch fishing is slowing down, but anglers are still catching fish. Try using wigglers, mealworms or a piece of night crawler along the weed lines. Fishing is best by Crandall's Beach or Big Stoney Point. Smallmouth bass are being caught at Big Stoney Point using a slip bobber with a leech or night crawler. Walleye fishing should improve over the next few weeks as the water temperature lowers.
West Okoboji (Dickinson): Anglers are catching walleyes along the deep weed edges and occasionally on the rocks, but fishing is slow. Some largemouth bass are being caught in the weeds and around the docks. Smallmouth bass are scattered. Some smallmouth are being caught on weed edges, on the rock points and rock piles. Crappies are suspended on the edges of the weeds. Bluegill fishing is excellent. Fish the docks, rock piles and weed beds in 12 to 18 feet of water. Northern pike are active over the weeds in the bays. Fish the weed edges and sand flats for yellow perch. The larger muskies are turning on. Fish the deep weed edges.
East Okoboji (Dickinson): Walleye fishing is slow for legal sized fish. An occasional legal sized walleye is being taken around the Hwy. 9/71 bridge and the lower end of the lake. Channel catfish have become active in the northern half of the lake. Try the Hwy. 9/71 bridge, the spillway or off any of the public docks or parks. Bullhead fishing is up and down with most fish coming from the north end of the lake. Sub-legal largemouth bass are still being caught on the upper half of the lake, while fewer, but larger, fish have been caught on the lower half. Anglers are catching some bluegills around the docks. Try fishing the south end of the lake and around the Hwy. 71 bridge. A few crappies have been caught around the docks, but the action is somewhat slow.
Minnewashta (Dickinson): Anglers are catching some nice bluegills near the docks.
Upper Gar (Dickinson): Some nice sized largemouth bass have been caught flipping worms along the shoreline. A few bluegills have been caught along the docks and the east shoreline.
Black Hawk Lake (Sac): Channel catfish are fair to good on a variety of baits. Bullheads are excellent all over the lake.
Storm Lake (Buena Vista): Channel catfish are fair to good on a variety of baits.
Arrowhead Lake (Sac): Bluegills are fair to good drift fishing in the middle of the lake. Use small leadheads and wax worms.
Brushy Creek (Webster): Anglers are catching some bluegills on live bait. Sorting is required for sizable fish. Largemouth bass are hitting plastic worms.
Clear Lake (Cerro Gordo): Yellow bass are being caught all over the lake using live bait, cut bait and small jigs. Try fishing Lone Tree Point, Billy's Reef, the island and around any of the public docks. A few walleyes have been caught in the last week using live bait rigs, but walleye fishing is still slow.
For more information on fishing in northwest Iowa, call the regional office in Spirit Lake at 712-336-1840.