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Date 15-Jun-18
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Conditions : Okoboji Lake: West Okoboji Lake Bluegill - Good: Wooden docks in deeper water and new aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.

East Okoboji Lake Channel Catfish - Good: Use traditional baits in the evening. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers report a improving panfish bite of bluegill and crappie. Try traditional baits fished in weed lines. Walleye - Good: Use crawlers or leeches. Yellow Bass - Good: Yellow bass activity has improved.

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About: - East Okoboji is a 1,835 acre natural lake on the east edge of the town of Okoboji in Dickinson County. It is a member of Iowa's Great Lakes which include West Okoboji and Spirit Lake. Only 6 percent of the lake's 16.8 miles of shoreline is state owned and about 85 percent of the shoreline is developed. The lake recieves water from 19 square miles plus the overflow from Spirit Lake.

A universally accessible fishing pier is located at the north end of the lake along Hill Avenue. Elinor Bedell State Park provides shore fishing access, camping and day use facilities. There are three boat ramps on the lake; the Isthmus access at the far north end of the lake, East Okoboji Beach Access, and #9 Bridge Access at the south end of the lake. Access is also available from West Okoboji and Upper Gar Lake. There are no restrictions on boat or motor size.

Bullheads are king in this lake, with buckets full caught during their spring run. Besides bullheads, there are 37 species of fish present of which 10 species are annually creeled. The other species of fish caught include walleye, bluegill, channel catfish, and yellow perch. Northern pike, crappie, muskie and white bass are also caught in lesser numbers.

West Okoboji is Iowa's deepest natural lake at 136 feet and at 3,847 acres, second in size only to Spirit Lake. The lake's 39 feet mean depth is greater than most of Iowa's lake's maximum depth. Water from approximately 22 square miles drains into the lake. Three state parks, Pillsbury Point, Gull Point and Pike's Point are located on its 19.6 miles of shoreline.

There are no motor size restrictions with boat access provided at two locations on the lake. Access is also available from a connected lake, East Okoboji. Besides being a great fishing lake it is also a true water playground with motor boating, water skiing, sailing, swimming and just about anything else you want to do in or on water.

There are 47 different species of fish in the lake with 11 of these species showing up in the creel. Species that make up the majority of the catch are yellow perch, bluegill and walleye. The lake also produces some excellent large and smallmouth bass, northern pike, muskie, crappie and white bass fishing.

If your looking for big fish West Okoboji is a place to try. It holds more Iowa all-time big fish records than any other lake in the state. It has the record for the biggest smallmouth bass, white bass, tiger muskie, and northern pike, like this 22 pounder right here.

  • Walleye
  • Bluegill
  • Channel Cat
  • Crappie
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Muskie
  • White Bass

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