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Storm Lake (incl Little Storm Lake)

General Information

County: Buena Vista
Location: south edge of Storm Lake
Acres: 3097.00
Maximum Depth: 20.3 ft. (2018)
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
As of March 4th, anglers are still fishing larger bodies of water. The top 5-6 inches of most ice is cloudy and rotten. Due to the predicted warm temperatures, ice will continue to deteriorate quickly to the point where it is unsafe . Use caution and check ice often if you do venture out. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
On March 3rd there was 14 inches of clear ice under 4 inches of poor quality ice in the west end of the lake. Ice is covered with slush and water in some places and will continue to deteriorate quickly with the predicted warmer temperatures. There are thinner areas from a pressure seam extending from Casino Point to the northeast. Ice near the big island and near Chautauqua Point may by thinner and unsafe. Avoid these areas; use caution.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers have had luck with wax worms and minnows fished near the dredge cuts along the west and north portions of the lake. Move around to find fish. Larger fish are 10-13 inches.
Black Crappie - Fair: Use a waxworm on a jig or a minnow on a small jigging spoon. May have to move to find fish near the dredge cuts.
Walleye - Fair: Anglers have had luck in the dredge cuts and in the flats using a small minnow on a jigging spoon. Mornings and evenings have been most productive. May have to move around to find groups of fish. Anglers have had luck in the north end and western portions of the lake.
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  • October 2019 - 15,500 Walleye (9.3)
  • May 2019 - 14,054,850 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/25/2018 - 12,376 Walleye (9.7)
  • 10/12/2018 - 1,265 Walleye (6.7)
  • 10/02/2018 - 3,098 Channel Catfish (8.2)
  • 05/18/2018 - 7,935,110 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/11/2018 - 8,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 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")
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 21 to 23 inch walleye. These fish are protected by the slot regulation until 22.1 inches, but should provide fun catch and release fishing. 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. The size structure of the white bass population has improved and anglers can expect to find many white bass over 14 inches. White bass are commonly caught while targeting walleye, but anglers can look for baitfish breaking the surface on calm evenings in the summer and cast into those areas to target white bass.(2020)

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