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 have dropped to the upper 70's. Catfish and bluegill fishing is fair to good. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish from shore using stink bait or cut bait fished off the bottom.
The dredge is in operation in the northeast portion of the lake. Boaters are encouraged to use extreme caution in this area of the lake and must maintain a 100 foot distance from the dredge, booster pump, and all dredge pipe at all times. 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.
Walleye - Fair: Most of the walleye action has been on crankbaits fished in the dredge cuts. A few have been picked up from shore with leeches and crankbaits.
For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have reported catching catfish from shore using stink bait or cut bait fished off the bottom.
The dredge is in operation in the northeast portion of the lake. Boaters are encouraged to use extreme caution in this area of the lake and must maintain a 100 foot distance from the dredge, booster pump, and all dredge pipe at all times. 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.
Walleye - Fair: Most of the walleye action has been on crankbaits fished in the dredge cuts. A few have been picked up from shore with leeches or minnows and a slip bobber fished in the evening.
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  • Oct 19 2015 12:00AM - 15,511 Walleye (8")
  • Apr 27 2015 12:00AM - 16,106,958 Walleye (Fry)
  • Sep 18 2014 12:00AM - 3,000 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 15,534 Walleye (8")
  • annual 2014 - 15,134,545 Walleye (Fry)
  • 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:
Storm Lake provided great walleye fishing mid spring through early summer in 2014. Our data from fall walleye monitoring conducted in October of 2014 indicates that open water season of 2015 should be no different, provided the weather cooperates. Catch rates of walleye during the fall monitoring were the highest they’ve been in recent years, although water levels played a large role in capture efficiency. Roughly 45% of the walleyes that were sampled during the fall monitoring were between 14 and 17 inches, which are the most popular sizes anglers harvest (due to the 17 to 22 protected slot). Although no weights were taken during the fall monitoring, the fish appeared to be quite healthy and plump. As always, anglers can expect to tie into channel catfish and white bass while pursuing walleye on Storm Lake. One or two keeper size yellow perch may be picked up while fishing to add a little icing on the cake. 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.(2015)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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