3 miles north of Algona
Electric Motors Only
Amenities at Lake Smith include:
- Boat Access
- Fishing Jetty
- Accessible Pier
- Picnic Area
- Accessible Facilities
- Good/Excellent Shorefishing
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|Most of the area lakes are melting near shore and the ice is unstable. The streams and rivers are ice-free and should provide some action for northerns and wallye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow.
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517. |
|Smith Lake is open water.|
|Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel cats should provide a late afternoon bite near the bridge by the boat ramp during the ice out period. Cats will likely move into the shallow water in the bay. Fish with cutbait, stinkbait, or minnows.|
The bluegill and largemouth bass fisheries are very good in Smith Lake. Anglers can catch bluegills over 9 inches and largemouth bass in the 18-21 inch range. The minimum length for largemouth bass is 18 inches in Smith Lake. Channel catfish and crappie are definitely worth targeting here as well.(2012)
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