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Spirit Lake

General Information

County: Dickinson
Location: One mile North of Spirit Lake
Acres: 5684.00
Maximum Depth: 22.5 ft. (2014)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Lower Gar State Recreation Area
Mini-Wakan State Park
Gull Point State Park
Gull Point State Park
Marble Beach State Recreation Area
Emerson Bay State Recreation Area
Elinor Bedell State Park
Pikes Point State Park
Templar State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at Spirit Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Iowa Great Lake water temperatures are around 43° or lower. The extended forecast calls for continued cooler temperatures. Air temperatures are expected to be in the 20s to upper 30s for the remainder of the week. The area Walleye bite has begun to pick up in many wadable areas off shore. The Yellow Perch bite has began to pick in many of the area lakes.
Black Bullhead - Fair: Anglers have seen success at the north grade.
Bluegill - Good: Schools are starting to move deeper off shore post spawn.
The Walleye Season is currently open and the bite should be picking up as water temperatures continue to fall. A good Yellow Perch bite has been observed recently with many 9 inch fish being harvested. Perch can be caught comfortably from area docks. The current water temperature is 52°F.
Walleye - Fair: There has been a fairly good bite lately that can also be seen from shore. Try bottom bouncers or crank baits to cover more water.
Yellow Perch - Good: The bite has really picked up, fish are starting to be found closer to shore from accessible areas such as docks. Other areas to try are small humps in the main basin or weed edges.
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  • May 2019 - 22,653,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/24/2019 - 595 Muskellunge (11.75)
  • 05/16/2019 - 186 Muskellunge (13.1)
  • 06/22/2018 - 329 Muskellunge (13.1)
  • 05/18/2018 - 23,213,758 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/14/2018 - 145 Muskellunge (13.2)
  • 5/4/2017 - 2,900,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 5/2/2017 - 1,800,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 5/10/2017 - 552 Muskellunge (13.1")
  • 4/30/2017 - 8,200,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 4/29/2017 - 9,800,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 5/3/16 - 26,979,625 Walleye (Fry)
  • 5/10/16 - 550 Muskellunge (14.5")
  • 05/12/2015 - 720 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/23/2015 - 25,250,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 23,022,291 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/20/2014 - 595 Muskellunge (10.5")
  • 05/16/2013 - 850 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 05/13/2013 - 21,150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/16/2013 - 128,812 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/07/2012 - 400 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 04/17/2012 - 14,489,339 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/12/2011 - 831 Muskellunge (12.4")
  • 05/11/2011 - 21,419,028 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/25/2010 - 24,858,046 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/06/2010 - 414,906 Northern Pike (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 Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • 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
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 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.
  • Freshwater Drum
    • 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.
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Open from May 21 - November 30
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Pumpkinseed
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Quillback
    • 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.
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Open from May 3, 2014 through February 15, 2015.
    • 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:
  • White Sucker
    • 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.
  • Yellow 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:
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)

Contacts

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.