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FAIR WITH HAZE
WINDS WEST @ 8MPH
HUMIDITY 74%
VISIBILITY 5MI
DEW POINT 69°

Storm Lake

Buena Vista County, IA
Buena Vista County, IA
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south edge of Storm Lake
3,097 acres
LAKE SIZE
20 feet
MAX DEPTH
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
none
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Public Beach
Trails
Boat Rentals
Playground
Restrooms
Concessions
Accessible Shoreline
Accessible Pier
Picnicking
FISH TO CATCH
Black Crappie
Channel Catfish
Walleye
White Bass
Yellow Perch
Bigmouth Buffalo
Carp
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Storm Lake.
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FISHING REPORT
Water temperatures are around 80 degrees in most district lakes.

Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cutbait or dip baits fished on the bottom along shore and near rocky structure.

Storm Lake has seen a recent increase in algae growth. Water clarity and surface algae concentration varies based on location and wind direction.

Walleye - Fair: Pick up fish mid lake while trolling along the dredge cuts using crankbaits and spinners with crawlers during mid day. If fishing from shore, your best luck may be in the evenings or around dusk using a leech or crawler fished under a bobber in areas with rocky substrate.

Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill can be picked up near vegetation edges and along docks using minnows or crawlers fished on a small jig under a bobber.

Largemouth Bass - Fair: Pick up largemouth bass pretty much anywhere along shore in areas with vegetation and along docks using traditional bass lures or weedless lures.

White Bass - Fair: Fish are being picked up while trolling along the dredge cuts with crankbaits and spinners with crawlers. Anglers are also picking up fish from shore with crawlers fished under a bobber.

Source: Iowa DNR

FISHING FORECAST
There is a strong year class of 21 to 23 inch walleye. These fish are protected by the slot regulation until 22.1 inches, but should provide fun catch and release fishing. Target the shorelines and rocky points where the wind is blowing in throughout April. Popular (and publicly accessible) shore fishing spots include the east shore from the boat ramp at Sunset Park on north to King’s Pointe, and the north shore from the Chautauqua jetty working westward along the high bank. Into May and early June anglers have better success fishing from boats. Trolling crank baits and slow death rigs are among the most popular methods. Target the dredge cuts (new and old) and troll across the points on the southern part of the lake including, Stoney, Schaller and Cassino. Channel catfish numbers are strong with many of the fish ranging from 2 to 5 pounds. Fish windy shorelines after ice out, target rock piles in June, and drift fish later in the summer. The size structure of the white bass population has improved and anglers can expect to find many white bass over 14 inches. White bass are commonly caught while targeting walleye, but anglers can look for baitfish breaking the surface on calm evenings in the summer and cast into those areas to target white bass.(2020)

PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Storm Lake
CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Brent Koppie, Conservation Officer; 712-260-1010; [email protected]
Ben Wallace, Fisheries Biologist; 712-657-2638; [email protected]
NOTICE: Lake-Link Inc assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions of the information for Storm Lake. Although we strive to provide the most accurate information as we can the information contained in this page is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.
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