Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Channel Catfish – Fair: Catfish are being picked up using small to medium sized chubs. White Bass – Fair: Some anglers have picked up white bass casting ripple shad. Walleye – Fair: Anglers have picked up some slot fish and a few over the slot. Try trolling #4 Shad Raps or casting blue and silver Kastmasters. Focus efforts from shore around the water park and try the inlet jetty. From a boat try trolling the rocky points along the south shore.
North Twin Lake
Walleye – Fair: Try jigging for walleye close around the docks. Yellow Bass – Fair: Yellow bass are being caught in decent numbers around the docks. The fish are small and it will be tough to find one over 7.5 inches. Black Crappie – Slow:
Bluegill – Fair: Fish in the early mornings and evenings around the fish house with a small jig tipped with a wax worm. Bluegills are around 7-7.5 inches. Black Crappie – Good:
Black Hawk Lake
Water levels are about nine inches above crest. Water clarity continues to improve. Channel Catfish – Fair: Anglers were catching channel catfish from the stone piers a few weeks ago. The catfish are around 15 inches. Bluegill – Good: Anglers have been catching 7.5-8 inch bluegill. Try fishing from the west stone pier, around docks, and around emergent vegetation. Largemouth Bass – Fair: Anglers have reported decent action for largemouth. Most fish are in the sub legal size range. Yellow Perch – Fair: Most perch are around eight inches. Try using a small green hair jig near shore around docks and other structure. Walleye – Fair: Fair numbers of walleye can be caught throwing twisters or hair jigs in the evenings. Most walleye are sublegal, around 12-13 inches.
Snyder Bend Lake
The area south of the red buoys is an inviolate refuge. Channel Catfish – No Report:
Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville)
As of Oct. 9, discharge in the Little Sioux River near Correctionville was 625 CFS. The river is well below flood stage. Northern Pike – Fair: Some northerns are being picked up around the Linn Grove Dam. Walleye – Good: Reports are coming in of anglers catching good numbers of walleye around the Linn Grove Dam using small live chubs. Anglers have been experiencing good walleye catches from Peterson all the way down to Washta.
North Raccoon River (Auburn to Perry)
As of Oct. 9, discharge in the North Raccoon River near Sac City is 480 CFS, which is above the 90th percentile. Water temperature has dropped to 56 degrees. Channel Catfish – No Report:
Des Moines River (Humboldt to Stratford)
As of Oct. 9, discharge on the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge was 1,860 CFS. The river is below flood stage. Channel Catfish – No Report:
For more information on fishing in this area contact the Black Hawk District Office in Lake View at 712-657-2638.