Autumn is the perfect time to get a family fishing outing in while the weather holds up - it will be a memory in the making for young, and not-so-young. Enjoy the fall colors while you go after the big one. Our friends at the Iowa DNR fisheries program shared some tips for local waters.
* Storm Lake: Fishing is fair to good for catfish, especially near rocky shoreline at night. Some walleyes are being caught on twisters.
* Spirit Lake: Bluegill fishing has been excellent on the Grade and at Buffalo Run using small plastics jigs and wax worms, and around Hales Slough from a boat. Yellow perch fishing is good around weed lines on the south shoreline and at Hales Slough using small jigs.
* West Okoboji: Muskie fishing is good casting large muskie lures. Smallmouth bass fishing is good on shallow rocks using jigs and plastics. Anglers are catching yellow perch fishing the weed beds in Smith's Bay, the North Bay and Emerson Bay. Bluegill fishing is good in many areas of the lake small jigs tipped with garden worms. To find bluegills, find standing vegetation.
* East Okoboji: Walleye fishing is starting to pick up casting jigs near bridges. White bass fishing is good near bridge areas in the evening.
* Little Spirit: Fishing is excellent for panfish on the south end of the lake.
* Five Island Lake: Anglers are catching channel catfish in the evening. Fishing for panfish is good around the railroad bridge.
* North Twin Lake: Yellow bass fishing is good on night crawlers. Bluegill and crappie are fair.
* Black Hawk Lake: Fishing is good for 7-inch bluegills off the west stone pier. A few catfish
are still being caught on shrimp, cut bait or stink bait.
* Clear Lake: Yellow bass are hitting live bait or cut bait. The Baptist Camp, artificial weed beds, deep water around the Island, and shorelines with wave action are producing yellows in the 7 to 9-inch range. Walleyes are fair around the rock reefs or rush beds using a jig and night crawler.
* Brushy Creek: Bluegill fishing is good using a small hook and bait right off the bottom in 8 to 15 feet of water. Bass can be caught throughout the lake. Crappies are good on minnows.