Nelson Park Lake
The invasive plant brittle naiad is present at Nelson Park. Make sure to inspect and clean boat trailers, boats, and lower units to avoid transferring it to other water bodies.
Yellow Smoke Park Lake
The invasive plant brittle naiad is present at Yellow Smoke Lake. Make sure to inspect and clean boat trailers, boats, and lower units to avoid transferring it to other water bodies.
Crawford Creek Impoundment
Some OK bluegill fishing; but it’s really hot and cold. Some trips are good, some are a bust. Channel Catfish – Good: Channel catfishing has been fairly good. It really picks up later in the day. Bluegill – Fair: Crappie – Fair: The invasive plant brittle naiad is present at Crawford Creek. Make sure to inspect and clean boat trailers, boats, and lower units to avoid transferring it to other water bodies.
Moorhead Park Pond
Moorhead Pond was renovated in 2009 and restocked. Panfish are now at a size worth keeping. Fishing for bluegill, crappie, and bass has been good. Most of the bass are a sub-legal size, though. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are still catching fair numbers of bluegill with some crappie mixed in. The invasive plant brittle naiad is present at Moorhead Park Pond. Make sure to inspect and clean boat trailers, boats, and lower units to avoid transferring it to other water bodies.
Brushy Creek Lake
Anglers are catching some bluegill and crappie; fish in about 15 feet of water. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers are catching a few catfish. Bluegill – Fair: Anglers are catching some bluegill, but many of them are small. Fish in 15 feet of water. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are doing OK; fish in 15 feet of water. Most of the fish are between 7 and 9 inches. The invasive plant brittle naiad is present at Brushy Creek. Make sure to inspect and clean boat trailers, boats, and lower units to avoid transferring it to other water bodies.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Channel Catfish – Fair: Some catfish are being picked up on cut bait, stink bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Boaters should use caution on Storm Lake. The hydraulic dredge is in operation in the east basin of the lake. There is a pipeline running from the dredge to the shoreline and may rise to the surface at times.
North Twin Lake
Anglers have been catching small yellow bass and a few more catfish. Channel Catfish – Fair: People have been catching a few more channel catfish. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass have been biting fairly well. They are small to medium sized fish.
Water levels are very low at Swan Lake.
Black Hawk Lake
The lake is 15 inches below crest. Catfish and bullhead fishing has slowed. Bullhead – Fair: Bullheads can be caught on nightcrawlers or leeches. The bullheads are mostly between 10 and 11 inches and they are abundant. Channel Catfish – Fair: Fish the windy shorelines close to shore and use crawdads for bait.
Great Western Park Lake
The invasive plant brittle naiad is present at Great Western Park. Make sure to inspect and clean boat trailers, boats, and lower units to avoid transferring it to other water bodies.
Fishing has been slow during this hot weather. Catfish have been the most reliable fish to pursue. For more information contact Ben Wallace or Don Herrig at the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.
Lower Pine Lake
Anglers are catching bluegills on wax worms and crawlers.
Upper Pine Lake
Largemouth bass are biting on buzz baits and crankbaits. Anglers are picking up a few bluegills and crappies using wax worms.
Bluegill fishing is fair. Anglers are catching bluegills using worms and jigs tipped with bait fished along the weed lines and sandy shore areas. The best bite is early or late in the day due to the heat.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are still being caught with live bait fished over the rock reefs and off the Ventura jetties. Crappie – Fair: Anglers are catching 7 to 10-inch crappies on live bait fished in 6 to 8 feet of water in the little lake. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are being caught while drifting or trolling with live bait over rock reefs and in 8 to 10 feet of water in the little lake. Yellow Bass – Fair: Anglers are picking up yellow bass while drifting live bait and cut bait in 10 to 12 feet of water around the rock reefs and north of the island. A few are being caught in the little lake using the same method. Note: The lake is 16 inches below crest. Due to these low water conditions, boaters are reminded to use caution in near-shore areas of the lake.
Channel Catfish – Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on stink bait and live bait. Crappie – Fair: Anglers have reported catching 6 to 10-inch crappies using twisters. Walleye – Fair: Walleye are biting on live bait and twisters.
Bluegill fishing is good. Bluegills are being picked up along the edges of weed beds in 5 to 8 feet of water. Fish these areas with a small tube jig or jigs tipped with bait. Anglers are also catching largemouth bass with spinner baits fished along weed beds. A few walleyes are being caught on jigs tipped with live bait.
Kuennen’s Pit W.A. (north)
Anglers reported catching 5 to 8-inch bluegills using jigs tipped with bait.
Worth County Lake
Anglers reported catching 5 to 8-inch bluegills using jigs tipped with bait.
For more fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Mill Creek (Lake)
A netting survey took place recently and good numbers of bluegills and bullheads were sampled as well as a few catfish, largemouth bass, and black crappie. Bluegills averaged 6-7.5 inches with a few reaching 9 inches. Bullheads ranged from 8-11 inches and should be easy to catch. Catfish were sampled up to 6 pounds with the majority of them in the 1 to 2-pound range measuring 17-22 inches. The water was in the low 80s and the thermocline was at 7 feet so don’t fish to deep.
Big Spirit Lake
Bullhead – Fair: Action has slowed on the grade but a few fish are being caught on the main lake around weeds. Traditional presentations should be used such as a worm on the bottom. Northern Pike – Slow: Northern pike may become more difficult to catch but they will still be hanging out along weed edges. Casting or trolling along or near these weed edges should produce the best action. White Bass – Fair: Look for schools of white bass breaking the surface in the morning and afternoon, once located a popper or minnow bait should get some action. A few smallmouth bass should also be expected while fishing a school of white bass. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: Some of the bigger smallmouth are being caught on weed edges but the rock piles are still producing a few. Largemouth Bass – Fair: The largemouth are still being found near weeds but some are also starting to disperse to other areas in the lake. Yellow Perch – Fair: Action is picking up. Look for schools of perch on the mudflats in 18-plus feet of water. Try drifting crawlers on bottom bouncers or with slip bobbers. A GPS or marker buoy could prove to be very useful once a school is located. A few perch are also being caught in or near the weeds while targeting walleye or other species. Walleye – Slow: With the warm water fishing has slowed a bit but a few fish are still being caught. Best results have been coming in early morning, at dusk, and after dark using slow presentations. The water temperature has climbed into the mid 80s.
East Okoboji Lake
Bullhead – Fair: Try worms on the bottom. Channel Catfish – Fair: Try cut bait around rocks and wood during low light conditions. Walleye – Fair: Fish near bottom with crawlers and leeches or trolling crankbaits. Twister tails can also be productive. Yellow Bass – Good: Many yellow bass are being caught using small baits near rocks and wood.
West Okoboji Lake
Try fishing early in the morning to avoid boat traffic. Northern Pike – Fair: Find weed beds and you have found the pike try using spoons or most anything resembling a minnow and don’t forget the steel leader. Bluegill – No Report: Look for bluegills around weed edges and try fishing in the early morning or later afternoon. A small jig on a slip bobber or a plain hook with live bait should bring results. Smallmouth Bass – Fair: A few smallies have been caught off rock piles but with the clear water most fish are spooky. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Try fishing around weed edges in the bays. Walleye – Fair: A few fish were caught trolling crankbaits as well as live bait rigs with crawlers and leeches.
Big Sioux River
Fishing has been slow but a few catfish are still being caught. Try fishing deeper pools and brush piles after dark.
A reminder to bow fishermen please dispose of your fish properly and it is unlawful to sell fish. With the summer season upon us remember to be courteous to fellow lake users. For more information, call the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.