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Date 26-Jun-15
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Conditions : Spirit Lake: Big Spirit Lake Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be found near weed choked areas as they are protecting their fry. Fish are being caught in trickles using top water frogs. Anglers are also catching bass on boat hoists along the north banks in the deeper water. Try crankbaits or swimbaits to pull these bass out from under the hoists. Walleye - Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 5:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using dark deer hair jigs tipped with leeches. Yellow Perch - Fair: The fishing pier at the grade is producing more 6-8 inch perch for anglers willing to sort through bullheads and bluegill. Successful anglers are using jig heads and wax worms. A hot bite has been reported near the Templar point in 16 feet of water. Anglers that were creeled were using wax worms and slip bobbers. These perch were 10 inches. Black Bullhead - Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits. These fish are 12-14 inches. Successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike - Good: Fishermen fishing in Templar bar are catching large numbers of small northerns. Most fish are in the mid 20 inch range. Successful anglers are using Meps or small spinnerbaits. Johnson silver minnow tipped with a leech also has been proving to catch these fish.

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About: - Spirit Lake is located approximately 1 mile north of the town of Spirit Lake in Dickinson County with its northern shores almost on the Minnesota boarder. It is the furthest north member of Iowa's Great Lakes and at 5,684 acres it is Iowa's largest natural lake. Due to its circular shape its 15.25 miles shoreline is less than its smaller neighbors East Okoboji and West Okoboji. Considering its size it is a fairly shallow lake with a maximum depth of 24 feet and a mean depth of 17 feet. The watershed is approximately 75 square miles with the majority in Minnesota.

The lake contains some 40 species of fish with 13 of these typically caught. Most of the walleye and yellow perch fishing is done from boat or through the ice. Bullhead fishing is a land lovers sport - during the spring run buckets full of bullheads are taken from shore, especially along the north grade (an area along the road on the north shore of the lake). This diverse fishery also has some good fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, crappie, and bluegill.

Spirit Lake holds all-time big fish records for freshwater drum and muskellunge.

An accessible fishing pier is located at the north grade of the lake. Boat access is provided at four major locations. On the south there is a double lane boat ramp at Orleans Beach. The west shore has ramps at Marble Beach State Recreation Area and Templar Park. There is also a double lane boat ramp on the north shore located at Mini-Wakan State Park.

  • largemouth bass
  • smallmouth bass
  • northern pike
  • muskie
  • crappie
  • bluegill

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