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Spirit lake Sponsored by
Date 01-May-15
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Conditions : Spirit Lake: Northern Pike - Good: Anglers along the grade are still catching northerns; water temperatures are still in the 60s which is holding more fish with this cool down. Fish spinner or large jerk baits. Black Crappie - Fair: The old foot bridge rock piles are holding good numbers of crappie. Anglers are pulling feather jigs along the rocks and catching small 7-10 inch crappie. Larger fish should become more available as water temperatures warm again. Bullhead - Good: A fair number of keeper bullhead are being caught at the Little spirit tube. Many anglers are having to leave to buy more worms. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth are being seen along rocky shores and being caught pulling slow deep diving crankbait. Bullhead - Good: The north grade is producing many bullheads. Anglers are reporting good numbers using worms weighted to the bottom. The little spirit outlet is beginning to see more fish. Largemouth Bass - Fair: More and more largemouth bass have been seen around Rednose and Cottonwood Point but not caught. Anglers are having success throwing jerk baits far away from the boat where fish can’t see anglers and working jerk baits slow.

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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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