Brushy Creek Lake
Water clarity has improved at Brushy Creek. Bluegill fishing is decent in 15 to 20 feet of water. Walleye and crappie fishing have slowed down.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing remains the same as last week at Storm. Channel Catfish – Good: Anglers drift fishing with night crawlers have been doing well. White Bass – Fair: White bass can be caught pulling plugs, crankbaits, or casting white twisters. Walleye – Slow: Pulling plugs or shad raps continue to be the best producers. The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation. Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline that runs from the dredge to the east shore.
North Twin Lake
Water levels are about 3 to 4 inches below crest. Water clarity is poor. Fishing for most species is slow, except for catfish. Anglers have been doing well for channel catfish. Try night crawlers, stink bait, cut bait, etc.
Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake is approximately three inches below crest. Water clarity is good. Black Hawk Lake’s fishery was renovated last fall. Although we have been restocking the lake with sport fish, there are not a lot of harvestable size fish in the lake yet.
Anglers are catching catfish using shrimp at night.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Look for deep holes in the river and anglers should find catfish and they are biting good. Use night crawlers, stink bait, cut bait, chicken liver, or shrimp.
For more information on lakes and rivers in the Black Hawk District contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
Big Spirit Lake
Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look around rock piles and weed lines for smallmouth with a combination being even better. Largemouth Bass – Slow: Fish have been found in a few different areas but there doesn’t seem to be a clear cut pattern. Pitching docks, cranking weed lines, and top-water early and late have all caught a few fish. Walleye – Slow: Fish seem to be scattered try weeds, rocks, and out in the basin some days are better than others. Shore fishermen have also been catching a few slots.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Fair: Look for bluegills in and around weeds, with open pockets and weed edges being the most productive. Live bait rigged on a slip bobber rig suspended just above the weeds has been good as well as jigging pilkies and small jigs. A few perch and yellow bass are also being picked up with this presentation. Smallmouth Bass – Slow: The smallies have been relating more so to deeper weed edges and drop offs. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Look for weed pockets or weed edges for largemouth.
Lost Island Lake
A few anglers are finding a few walleyes trolling spinners. A few white bass are also being found on the outside of the docks.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
The water is low and the fish are concentrated in deeper holes. Try a white twister tail for walleye and a worm on bottom should catch just about anything.
For more information contact the Spirit Lake Hatchery at 712-336-1840.