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Spirit Lake (Dickinson): Anglers are catching walleyes by casting a jig and minnow at sunset around the Little Spirit outlet, slip bobber fishing with leeches at night around docks on the north side of Marble Beach, or trolling shiners on spinners around the Buffalo Run area. For crappies, fish the Grade and Buffalo Run areas with a bobber and minnow or small jig. With the spawn approaching, begin targeting shoreline structure for large fish. Largemouth bass have started moving into the Grade and Buffalo Run. Large bullheads are being caught at the Grade with night crawlers. Yellow perch are being caught at Buffalo Run, with some sorting required for large perch. For smallmouth bass, target rock areas with suspending jerk baits or hair jigs.

East Okoboji (Dickinson): Fish for white bass at the bridges or mouth of spillway with a jig and shiner. Walleyes are biting on a jig and minnow fished at night at the bridges and spillway. Anglers are catching yellow perch and yellow bass from the spillway using a small tube or hair jig. Fish the trestle area with small tube jigs for bluegills.

West Okoboji (Dickinson): The Triboji area is producing 8-inch bluegills using small jigs tipped with bait. Fish the visible habitat in the canals for largemouth bass and spawning crappies. For walleyes, use a slip bobber with leeches or troll with crankbaits at night for keeper fish. Fish along the main lake with minnow shaped crankbaits for northern pike.

Silver Lake (Dickinson): Cast from shore with jig and minnow starting at sunset for walleyes.

Tuttle Lake (Emmet): For walleyes, fish above the outlet using twister tails. Anglers are catching walleyes over 20 inches.

Lake Pahoja (Lyon): Fish along rip rap banks with minnows for 9 to 10-inch crappies.

Willow Creek (Osceola): Anglers are catching 9 to 10-inch crappies.

North Twin Lake (Calhoun): Fishing has been fair to good for walleyes trolling crankbaits. Storm Lake (Buena Vista): White bass fishing is good on twisters. Walleye have been good on crankbaits. Fishing is fair for channel catfish.

Black Hawk Lake (Sac): Fishing is excellent for 8 to 9-inch bullheads by the inlet. Fishing is fair for walleye on leeches and a slip bobber, and fair for crappies in Town Bay.

Brushy Creek (Webster): The temperature of the main lake is just less than 50 degrees and fishing has improved this week. Walleyes have been caught close to shore just at sunset and most have been caught on a leech or a minnow slip bobber set up. Bass have moved into the warmer bays. A few nice bluegills have been caught by the silt bridges on night crawlers. Expect a light bite from the bluegills. Crappies are moving up along the shoreline. A small jig or small minnow works great.

Clear Lake (Cerro Gordo): Walleye fishing has been good in a variety of locations using live bait rigs drifted or trolled in 8 to 12 feet of water, or crankbaits trolled in the similar depths. Yellow bass fishing is good around the reefs, the island, and the east shoreline using small jigs, minnows, and cut bait. A few white bass are being caught while walleye and yellow bass fishing.

Briggs Woods (Hamilton): Largemouth bass are hitting spinner baits. Crappies are being caught using small jigs and minnows.

Little Wall Lake (Hamilton): Channel catfish are hitting chicken liver and stink bait. Crappie fishing is good for smaller sized fish. A year class of 6 to 8-inch crappies is abundant.

Crystal Lake (Hancock): Channel catfish are hitting from shore and the jetties. Chicken liver and chubs are working best.

Eldred Sherwood Park - Indian Lake (Hancock): Bluegills are hitting on small jigs and worms. Sorting is required or the nicer sized bluegill. Channel catfish are hitting chicken liver and night crawlers.

Smith Lake (Kossuth): Largemouth bass are hitting spinner baits and plastics. Smith Lake has an 18-inch minimum size limit on largemouth.

Rice Lake (Worth): Bullhead fishing is excellent. Lake Cornelia (Wright): Fishing is excellent for 8 to 10-inch bullheads using night crawlers on the bottom.

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