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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, muskie and northern pike at Big Spirit Lake in Iowa.

Big Spirit Lake, IA

Walleye and muskie are regularly stocked in Big Spirit Lake, a 5,700-acre lake in northwest Iowa on the Minnesota border, at the town of Spirit Lake. Walleye, crappie, bass, perch and musky are the most sought after species here.

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Big Spirit Lake in Iowa is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a wealth of angling opportunities. Known as Iowa's largest natural lake, it provides an ideal habitat for various fish species, making it a popular spot among anglers.

One of the most sought-after fish species in Big Spirit Lake is walleye. This lake is known for its excellent walleye fishery, with anglers targeting these prized game fish throughout the year. Walleye can be caught using a variety of techniques, such as trolling with crankbaits or casting with jigs and live bait. Big Spirit Lake has produced trophy-sized walleye, making it an exciting destination for anglers looking for a chance to land a big one.

Another popular species in Big Spirit Lake is yellow perch. These tasty panfish are abundant in the lake and provide an excellent opportunity for anglers of all ages to enjoy some productive fishing. Perch can be caught using small jigs or live bait near weed beds, drop-offs, or submerged structures. They are known for their willingness to bite, making them a great target for both novice and experienced anglers.

In addition to walleye and yellow perch, Big Spirit Lake is home to other fish species, including northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, and bluegill. This diversity of species ensures that anglers have plenty of options and can enjoy a variety of fishing experiences on the lake.

Overall, Big Spirit Lake in Iowa is a haven for anglers, offering excellent fishing opportunities for species like walleye, yellow perch, and more. With its picturesque surroundings, boating options, and nearby camping facilities, Big Spirit Lake provides a complete fishing experience for those seeking both recreation and relaxation in Iowa's outdoors.

There are nice populations of catfish, northern pike, white bass and sunfish as well. Anglers can enjoy over 15 miles of shoreline while in search of their favorite species. To enhance your stay, visitors will find fish cleaning stations, an accessible pier, several boat launch ramps, many great places for fishing from the bank and nearby camping.

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Primary fish species residing in Big Spirit Lake

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Green Sunfish Pumpkinseed Sunfish White Bass Yellow Bass Yellow Perch Muskie Northern Pike

Big Spirit Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Big Spirit Lake, and anglers can take advantage of the lake's boat ramps and marinas to access their favorite fishing spots. Whether it's a motorized boat or a kayak, boating provides anglers with the flexibility to explore different areas of the lake and increase their chances of success.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Marble Beach Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off 240th Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Mini-Wakan State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off 100th Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Orleans Beach Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off 140th Street, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Templar State Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off S Templar Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

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Camping facilities are available near Big Spirit Lake, providing anglers with the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds with amenities like RV hookups, picnic areas, and hiking trails offer a comfortable and convenient base for anglers to relax and recharge between fishing sessions.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Browns Park South Campground - 507 847-2525

Loon Lake Campground - 507 847-2525

Pelzer Acres Camping by the Narrows - 712 330-8361

Big Spirit Lake IA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Big Spirit Lake
Mini-Wakan State Park
24490 100th St
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
319 337-3211


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