Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
The dredge machine on Storm Lake is in operation. Stay clear of the dredge, booster pump, and pipeline stretching from the dredge to the east shore. Recent sampling has indicated a fair amount of walleye (less than 17 inches) are in the state marina complex.
North Twin Lake
There have been reports of anglers catching nice walleye off the docks last week. Yellow bass and crappie continue to provide some fishing.
Anglers have been catching some decent bluegills and crappie.
Black Hawk Lake
Black Hawk Lake is approximately 10 inches below crest. 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.
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
Anglers are catching lots of walleye in the Little Sioux River from Cherokee to the Correctionville/Anthon area. Large white twisters are working great. Live chubs have been producing good walleye as well. Focus on deeper pools, such as below rock riffles, near bridges, and around snags. Catfish, walleye, and sauger are also hitting on a floating jig head and a minnow.
For more information on lakes and rivers in the Black Hawk District contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
No reports from anglers but the DNR sampled some thick 9-10 inch crappies in shore nets this fall. Try drifting with minnows or anchoring near the rocks.
Channel Catfish – Slow: White Bass – Slow: Some smaller white bass (10-12 inches) have been caught by the grade at sunset with small jig and piece of worm. Walleye – Fair: A few walleyes are being caught near the Harborage (jig and minnow) or from boats. Anglers might try wading near the channel to the little lake or near the Ventura Grade after dark. Some walleyes are starting to bite better by the little lake reed edges. Yellow Bass – Good: Shore fisherman are having luck by the Ventura Grade and near the Harborage outlet. Boat fishermen are doing well in 5-7 feet water near the edges of the reeds by McIntosh Woods State Park.
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.