Crawford Creek Impoundment
Fishing has been slow.
Moorehead Park Pond
Fishing has been slow.
Brushy Creek Lake
Water clarity is decent. Anglers are focusing on panfish around the submerged trees. Try fishing in 10 to 20 feet of water. There are lots of bluegills around 9 inches.
Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Fishing remains the same as last week. Channel Catfish – Good: Drift fishing with night crawlers have been working. 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
Fishing for yellow bass and crappie is starting to pick up. Anglers are focusing their efforts around docks.
Fishing has been slow. Water clarity has been reduced due to algae blooms.
Black Hawk Lake
The lake is about six inches below crest. Water clarity has been reduced in some areas due to algae blooms. 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 Sonny’s stink bait and dead shad. Fishing for other species has been slow.
Snyder Bend Lake
Fishing has been slow.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Good sized catfish are taking chicken livers and chicken guts. Use a slip sinker and hook and look for the current breaks along high banks preferably or the standard snags. Anglers should really focus on the current breaks.
For more information on lakes and rivers in the Black Hawk District contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
Channel Catfish – Good: Try cutbait, worms, or stinkbait. Fish are probably biting best the last hour of sunlight to an hour after sunset. Bluegill – Slow: Largemouth Bass – Good: A few largemouths are being caught in the evening and early morning.
Channel Catfish – Good: Cats are biting on minnows or chicken liver. Try early morning or right at dark. They are decent size with some running 7-9 pounds. Largemouth Bass – Good:
Largemouth are biting on spinners.
Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are still hitting quite well. Fish can be caught just about anywhere on the lake. Try the edges of the reeds and fish in the morning or evening with worms, cutbait or stinkbait. Bluegill – Fair: Target the jetties by Ventura. Dangle a worm right on the edge of the rocks off the tips of the jetty in the evening hours. Crappie – Fair: Reports of anglers catching crappies by Dodge’s Point. Walleye – Slow: Anglers are catching a few walleyes trolling or drifting along the north shore, from the state dock area to the east. Muskellunge – Good: Muskies are still hitting. People are hooking them mostly by docks. Yellow Bass – Good: Anglers are still catching good numbers of yellows out from the state dock area in the middle of the main lake. On strong south wind days, shore anglers can pick up good numbers by the boat harborage and reed edges.
Bluegill – Good: Anglers are picking bluegills up in 7-8 feet of water but some deep, too. Largemouth Bass – Good: Anglers have reported catching lots of largemouth. Fish on the outside edges with a bobber and live bait or try a weedless spoon. Walleye – Slow: Walleyes are around 16-20 inches. Fish deep during the day, then a little shallower during the evening.
Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Channel Catfish – Good: Fish the logjams and deeper holes and move often. Fish with cutbait or stinkbait. Flathead Catfish – Good: A few reports of anglers catching flatheads on dough balls. If you can get a boat or kayak on the river and find some of the deeper holes to spend the night with some live bait, you should have good success.
Anglers are catching pike, smallmouth bass, and catfish on artificial lures on the Winnebago from Mason City to Rockford. Northern Pike – Good: Anglers are catching their limits on artificial lures. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish should be biting well. Try whatever you have available: worms, cutbait, stinkbait, live bait. Some of the best action can be had by throwing a slip sinker rig right in front of a snag/logjam and waiting for a bite. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth are also hitting well on a variety of artificial baits.
East Fork Des Moines (Algona to Humboldt)
Water is low and anglers are using kayaks. Northern Pike – Good: Pike are also being caught on crankbaits. Channel Catfish – Good: Catfish are good size (3-8 pounds) and can be caught on a variety of bait (worms, cutbait, live bait, stinkbait). Some anglers have had good luck using a purpledescent crankbait. Smallmouth Bass – Good: Smallmouth (most are 10-14 inches though some may push the 20-inch mark) hitting gold and black crankbaits.
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Big Spirit Lake
Smallmouth Bass – Slow: Look around rock piles and weed lines 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: Fishing continues to be slow but a few more fish are starting to come in. Trolling live bait rigs as well as crankbaits early and late in the day seems to be the best. Shore anglers are also catching a few.
East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass – Fair: Try a pilkie tipped with wigglers over rock piles.
West Okoboji Lake
Bluegill – Slow: 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.
Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)
The water is low and 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.