The 139th walleye fishing season will start formally on May 2 at Spirit Lake, East and West Okoboji lakes. This weekend, weather is likely to be beautiful though lake conditions would remain a bit challenging, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

“The lakes are very cool and clear this spring,” fisheries biologist Mike Hawkins said. “Water clarity presents challenges anglers may be accustomed to, but lagging water temperatures are certainly another thing to keep in mind.  After a cold first half of April, water temperatures are struggling to get into the 50s.”

Hawkins told that they continued to observe some the best numbers of brookstock sized fish which were not less than 17 inches that they had ever seen in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Every year, walleye season starts on the first Saturday that continues to February 14.

In addition, the Iowa Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce has announced to host the 33rd annual Great Walleye Weekend Fishing Contest in association with the opener.


Photo Credit: Walleye Fishing (Uploaded by AlbertHerring) Through Wikimedia Commons

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