Des Moines, Iowa – 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.
Big Spirit Lake
Poor ice conditions. Open areas reported last week are expanding in size on the main basin due to the mild weekend weather and high winds experienced this week. Crappie – No Report:
Aeration system is active on the northwest corner, caution is advised as thin ice and open areas exist in this area. Channel Catfish – No Report:
East Okoboji Lake
No fishing activity. Due to high winds the very large open area on the south end of the lake is expanding this week. Channel Catfish – No Report:
Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Aeration system is active on the east side of the lake. Caution is in order as thin ice and open water exists in this area. Crappie – No Report:
West Okoboji Lake
As of Nov. 24 West Okoboji remains ice free. Crappie – No Report:
Aeration system located on the south west corner is active with open water and thin ice exists in this area. Crappie – No Report:
Five Island Lake
Aeration system is active in Town Bay. Caution is advised as open water and thin ice exists in this area. Bluegill – No Report:
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
There are scattered pockets of open water on Storm Lake. Travel on the ice is not advised. Channel Catfish – No Report:
No fishing activity reported in the Spirit Lake District. Most lakes are ice covered; however, ice conditions are poor with 4 inches or less measured on area lakes.