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CURRENTLY 35°
FAIR
WINDS SOUTH @ 15MPH
HUMIDITY 64%
VISIBILITY 10MI
DEW POINT 24°

Spirit Lake

Dickinson County, IA
Dickinson County, IA
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One mile North of Spirit Lake
5,684 acres
LAKE SIZE
23 feet
MAX DEPTH
1404 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
none
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Public Beach
Trails
Playground
Restrooms
Accessible Shoreline
Accessible Pier
Fish Cleaning Station
Picnicking
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Carp
Channel Catfish
Drum (Sheepshead)
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bullhead
Yellow Perch
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Spirit Lake.
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FISHING REPORT
Most small to medium area lakes have completely frozen over. Most large lakes are still relatively ice free. No lakes currently offer safe ice for ice fishing. All docks and hoists are out for the season. Area lake levels are currently low. The extended forecast calls for somewhat warmer temperatures which should slow ice formation.

Muskellunge - Good: Crank baits, buck tails and rubber baits.

The lake is currently 14 inches below crest. Much of the shoreline currently has a thin layer of ice. The walleye season is currently open. The water temperature is in the upper 40s. Walleye fishing from shore early morning and later at night using live bait, jigs with live bait or crank baits.

Walleye - Good: Bite is hit-or-miss at dusk, but the day bite is improving. Many anglers have started to fish in shallower with slip bobbers along weed edges. Try spinners, crankbaits and long and shallow shad raps; try to find weed lines to troll or jig off of.

Yellow Perch - Good: Try small jigs tipped with a minnow. Sorting may be needed.

Source: Iowa DNR

FISHING FORECAST
Walleye anglers will continue to catch fish dominated by slot size; anglers will note the presence of angler acceptable size fish in the catch during the 2017 season. Continued good growth will result in larger harvestable size walleye contributing to the creel over the next few years. Black bass comprised of largemouth and smallmouth bass will continue to provide excellent pole bending action throughout the upcoming season. Anglers seeking northern pike will find early spring and the late fall seasons, when water temperatures is below 70 degrees, will provide the best action for this species. Small black crappie and bluegill currently exists in Spirit Lake. Panfish anglers will see an improvement to this fishery as these species will be angler acceptable size in the next few years. Yellow perch anglers will continue to see an improvement to the fishery with good numbers of acceptable size fish will continue to be caught. Continued good yellow perch growth throughout the summer season will provide an upswing for the fall and winter seasons as good numbers of acceptable sized fish will be available to the Spirit Lake angler. Bullhead anglers will continue to fill the bucket at the north grade with good numbers of large plump fish available for the upcoming spring season. (2017)

AREA PARKS/PUBLIC LAND
PLACES TO STAY
STAY 22: Spirit Lake
CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Mike Hawkins, Fisheries Biologist; 712-336-1840; [email protected]
Steve Reighard, Conservation Officer; 712-260-1018; [email protected]
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