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Spirit lake Sponsored by
Date 18-Dec-14
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Conditions : Spirit Lake: Big Spirit Lake Ice conditions- Foot traffic advised due to variable ice conditions throughout the lake. Yellow Perch - Slow: Anglers bay- few perch have been caught during or following the warm weather. Walleye - Slow: walleye bite is slow. Small walleyes are being caught with minnow heads near dark close to shore.

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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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