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
Ice conditions have improved in the Black Hawk district but still varies from open water in some areas to 10 inches of ice in others. As always use caution and check ice thickness frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
Most of the lake has around 9-13 inches of ice. Be aware of a pressure seam running along the west portion of the lake and an open area near the big island. Use caution if venturing out and check ice thickness often.
Walleye - Fair: Catch walleye with minnows and jigging spoons during low light conditions. Anglers have had better luck on the east side of the lake.
Yellow Perch - Fair: catch perch on wax worms in 4-6 feet of water in mornings or evenings.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 4/28/2017 - 5,000,780 Walleye (fry)
  • 4/26/2017 - 10,503,532 Walleye (fry)
  • 11/6/2017 - 3,157 Walleye (9.3")
  • 11/1/2017 - 748 Walleye (9")
  • 11/1/2017 - 2,216 Walleye (9")
  • 10/30/2017 - 3,878 Walleye (8.9")
  • spring 2016 - 19,781,500 Walleye (Fry)
  • fall 2016 - 3,097 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • fall 2016 - 15,482 Walleye (9.6")
  • 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")
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 strong year class of 19- to 20-inch walleye. These fish are protected by the slot regulation, but should provide fun catch and release fishing. 2016 fall sampling shows good numbers of harvestable size fish below the slot (15- to 16.9-inch). 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. Expect to tie into channel catfish and white bass while pursuing walleye on Storm Lake.(2017)

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