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
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.