The lake is a popular fishing destination in the region. As of March of 2012 the Iowa all-time big fish records for freshwater drum and muskellunge were set from catches in the lake.
Fresh water Drum -------46 lb. 38 1/2\" Spirit Lake
Muskellunge ----------- 50 lb. 6 oz. 52\"
The Iowa D.N.R. rates the lake as good to excellent for shore fishing.
Other fish Species at Big Spirit Lake are listed below.
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