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Date 01-Sep-14
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Conditions : Okoboji Lake: East Okoboji Lake Channel Catfish - Good: Cut bait, chicken livers, and stink bait presented in the evenings and overnight hours is producing a number of nice aggressive catfish for anglers. Bluegill - Fair: Small ice jigs tipped with red worms or other live bait when presented near weed lines is producing some angler acceptable fish right now. Early morning seems to be when most folks are fishing these spots. Yellow Perch - Fair: Pilkies tipped with red worms worked near rocky points have been producing a few nice perch. Be prepared to sort some small ones, but anglers can count on keeping some for the freezer. Walleye - Fair: Anglers with the best success are working deeper areas with both live bait rigs and deep running crank baits. Trolling across the deep ends of structure is producing a few nice keepers. Make sure to slow your presentation way down when using live bait, fish have been hitting very softly. Yellow Bass - Good: Deep weed lines and structures are providing the best action to anglers who use small jigs tipped with live bait.

West Okoboji Lake Bluegill - Good: Tiny jigs tipped with live bait have been producing a few keepers when worked near the edges of weed beds. The bite seems to be best at first light. Yellow Perch - Good: Smaller fish need to be sorted out, but red worms tipping a pilkie have been producing some nice action for anglers. Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being harvested from rocky points using leeches and crawler rigs presented slowly. Lots of folks have been fishing these areas at first light until 9 a.m. or so. Yellow Bass - Good: Small jigs tipped with wigglers will get you some nice action.

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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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