Local fishing spots successful this time of year

Monday, September 11, 2017
Three girls pose for a photo showing off their catch. / Photo submitted

This weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)

Surface water temperatures are around 70 degrees. Dredge is in operation in the northeast portion of the lake; boaters must maintain a 100 foot distance from the dredge, booster pump and dredge pipes at all times. Storm Lake has a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17- to 22-inch walleye must be released; no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day. Walleye - Fair: Troll shad raps or drift crawlers on the edges of the dredge cuts around the lake. White Bass - Fair: Use crankbaits; most action has been from boat while fishing dredge cuts. 

Little Sioux River (state line to Linn Grove)

Walleye - Fair: Walleye activity is starting to pick up as the water starts to cool down. 

Black Hawk Lake

Surface water temperature is around 70 degrees. Water levels are near the crest of the spillway. Bluegill - Fair: Pick up bluegill just about anywhere along the shoreline in 2- to 5-feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with live bait or a small piece of crawler fished below a bobber off the floating fishing pier, the west stone pier, and the inlet bridge. Black Crappie - Fair: Use a jig with a minnow in 2- to 6-feet of water along Ice House Point, the floating dock and the stone piers in Town Bay. Walleye - Fair: Use live bait fished along the Ice House Point shoreline and the rock piles near Cottonwood Point and in the east basin. Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth bass just about anywhere along the shoreline with topwater lures, twisters or live bait. 

Brushy Creek

Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler in 5- to 15-feet of water. Drift near structure, drop-offs and weed lines. Black Crappie - Fair: Try a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig in 10- to 15-feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Good: Throw topwater lures, weedless baits, spinners and plastic worms along weed lines, near cover and wood structure. Fish deeper for larger fish. Pick up small fish in the shallows. Walleye – Fair. 

Clear Lake

The water temperature is 68 degrees. Yellow Bass - Good: Drift a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler in 8- to 10-feet of water until you find fish. Walleye - Fair: Use a slip bobber and leech or crawler near the rock reefs or try trolling bottom bouncers with bright colored blades and a nightcrawler. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait on the windward side of the lake. Late evening bite is best. Muskellunge - Fair: Fish the weed edge and shady areas near docks. 

East Okoboji Lake

Lots of keeper fish are being caught on East Okoboji, with yellow bass being the majority of kept fish. Yellow Bass - Excellent: Good sized yellow bass are still being caught shallow near docks; use jig with pilkies and crawlers. Yellow Perch - Good: Jig with tube jigs and pilkies around docks and weed lines. 

Spirit Lake

Walleye - Fair: Walleye are still active, but are harder to find as they move to deeper water.  Yellow Perch - Good: The yellow perch bite picked up over the past week; use tube jigs and pilkies.  

West Okoboji Lake

Bluegill - Good: Nice sized bluegill are coming off the lake. Try in shallow areas around weed lines. Black Crappie - Good: Crappie are very active; cast tube jigs along weed lines. The walleye fishing will pick up as the water temperature continues to cool down.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Flathead Catfish - Good: Use rod and reel and trotlines with live bait off the tips of wing dikes and rock structures. Evening or after dark is best. Blue Catfish - Good: Use fresh cut bait fished just off the bottom in or near the current. Channel Catfish - Good: Use worms, chicken livers, cut bait and dip baits along wing dikes, brush piles and along the rock revetment. 

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