Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)

General Information

County: Buena Vista
Location: south edge of Storm Lake
Acres: 3097.00
Maximum Depth: 20.4 ft. (2008 - Mapped in 2008)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Water temperatures in the Black Hawk District are in the mid 40's. River fishing for walleye has recently been productive. Some small water bodies and marshes have skim ice. As the open water season comes to an end and ice fishing begins, more reports will become available as we receive them. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
Anglers are reminded that for Storm Lake there is a daily limit of 3 walleye and all 17 to 22-inch walleye must be released; and no more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day.
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  • 10/19/2015 - 15,511 Walleye (8")
  • 04/27/2015 - 16,106,958 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 15,534 Walleye (8")
  • annual 2014 - 15,134,545 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/18/2014 - 3,000 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/23/2013 - 13,183 Walleye (8.3")
  • 10/04/2013 - 26,987 Walleye (3.3")
  • 08/22/2013 - 28,443 Walleye (2.8")
  • 07/17/2013 - 44,747 Walleye (2.7")
  • 06/11/2013 - 77,442 Walleye (1.8")
  • June 2012 - 77,012 Walleye (2.0")
  • 10/17/2012 - 15,502 Walleye (8.5")
  • 09/24/2012 - 9,004 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 10/13/2011 - 14,508 Walleye (8.3")
  • 06/23/2011 - 77,920 Walleye (2.5")
  • 10/18/2010 - 15,449 Walleye (9.4")
  • 09/15/2010 - 7,200 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/30/2010 - 66,828 Walleye (1.5")
  • 04/28/2010 - 8,275,305 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/13/2009 - 15,452 Walleye (9.2")
  • 10/21/2008 - 15,990 Walleye (9.0")
  • 09/29/2008 - 15,003 Walleye (5.3")
  • 09/15/2008 - 9,000 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 07/07/2008 - 21,065 Walleye (2.0")
  • 05/14/2008 - 5,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/22/2007 - 15,000 Walleye (10")
  • 09/27/2007 - 2,698 Channel Catfish (7.5"-)
  • 09/25/2007 - 31,155 Walleye (4"-6")
  • 06/27/2007 - 19,449 Walleye (2.4")
  • 10/10/2006 - 15,594 Walleye (9.5")
  • 09/27/2006 - 7,200 Channel Catfish (6.2")
  • 09/26/2006 - 15,114 Walleye (5.5")
  • 04/27/2006 - 3,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bigmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: all 17 to 22-inch walleyes must be immediately released alive
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
There is a very strong year class of walleye that are 19 to 20 inches. These fish are protected by the slot regulation, but should provide fun catch and release fishing. 2016 fall sampling indicates good numbers of harvestable size fish below the slot (15" to 16.9"). Throughout April anglers should target the shorelines and rocky points where the wind is blowing in. Popular (and publicly accessible) shoreline 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. As always, anglers can expect to tie into channel catfish and white bass while pursuing walleye on Storm Lake.(2017)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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