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DNR Weekly Fishing Report

June 18, 2013
Emmetsburg News

This is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fishing Report for the week June 14-June 21.

NORTHWEST DISTRICT - Spirit Lake Hatchery - 712-336-1840

Big Spirit Lake: Walleye - Fair: Try fishing deep during the day and moving shallow during dawn and dusk. Drifting and trolling leeches, crawlers, and minnows has produced a few fish. Wader fishing is still producing a few fish try casting twister tails or live bait under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Sight fishing in the bull rushes is starting to pick up look for nesting fish but the big females may be out deeper yet. Bullhead - Good: Action on the Grade is still hot throw a worm on the bottom and be ready.

Five Island Lake: Walleye - Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try drifting Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers during low light periods

Little Sioux Park Lake: Fishing for bass has been good. Use a worm or leech under a bobber or try a slow retrieve with a plastic worm. Focus efforts around the north part of the lake near the fork or between the catfish cages and the swim beach.

Little Sioux River (Linn Grove to Correctionville): The Little Sioux is flowing fast and the water is turbid. Fishing is difficult at this time.

Lost Island Lake: Walleye - Fair: Drifting live bait with Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers has been producing a few fish some days are better than others.

Silver Lake (Dickinson) Walleye - Fair: Fishing has been fair but the bite is day :early morning and late afternoon bite has been best. White Bass - Good: Location can be key but once locate the bite can be good try using crank baits, twister tails, and don't overlook topwater.

Storm Lake (Little Storm Lake): Storm Lake is at full pool. 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. Anglers are allowed 3 walleye per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released, and only one fish over 22 inches may be kept. Walleye - Good: Boat anglers have been catching quite a few walleye trolling crankbaits, but many are slot fish. Anglers should also try crawler harnesses or bright colored jigs. Shore anglers should try fishing with a night crawler on the bottom near the return flow from the dredge machine (on the east side) or along the high banks on the north shore. Channel Catfish - Excellent: Anglers are catching good numbers of channel catfish from shore. They are in the 18 to 22 inch size range. Nightcrawlers and cut bait are working well. White Bass - Good: White bass are being picked up trolling crank baits and by fishing with nightcrawlers from shore

West Lake Okoboji: Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for bass in the canals and other shallow areas. Bluegill - Slow: The bluegill action has slowed in the canals but may still be found in the bays. Try fishing in back corners and look for beds.

North Twin Lake: Water levels at North Twin have reached crest elevation. Water clarity is poor. Channel Catfish - Fair: Some anglers are catching catfish from shore. Try using nightcrawlers on the bottom. Walleye - Fair: Yellow Bass - Fair: Anglers having been catching decent numbers of yellow bass. Sorting is required for the yellow bass.

Clear Lake: Muskellunge - Good: Anglers are catching some muskies while fishing for walleye with minnows. Anglers are also catching some muskies while fishing for yellows (island & dodge's. Anglers fishing the edges of the weeds are also picking some fish up. The lake is full (at crest). Water temp is 66- 67 degrees. Walleye - Good: A few bigger fish have been caught but most anglers are catching a mix of sublegals and small legal walleyes. Most are caught on jig and a minnow. Some are catching walleyes drifting or trolling. Action on the Rock reefs and rock piles is picking up; anglers are using livebait and bobbers or jigging right on bottom. Bluegill - Fair: Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is good right now as they are close to prespawn mode. If you find the fish, action is fast and aggressive. Try with some cutbait, worms, or stinkbait on a windward shoreline or near some of the water sources coming in. Anglers are picking some catfish up when fishing for yellow bass with cutbait. Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching some crappie and bluegill in the reeds with small jigs. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Some largemouth have been caught near the reeds with livebait.



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