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Date 15-May-15
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Conditions : Okoboji Lake: West Okoboji Lake Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are schooled up in the warm water of the canals and harbors as they enter their pre-spawn. Many male bass are already on beds while females are still out swimming the depths. Males are being caught on trick worms, wacky rigs, and drop shots. Females are enjoying jigs and deep diving cranks. Bluegill - Good: The canals are loaded with bluegills. Large and small fish are being caught in good numbers. Crappie - Fair: The trestle is still being reported to be a good bite. The canals are starting to fill up with larger crappies. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: Smallmouth are being caught along the southeast banks of West near Pillsbury Point and Fort Dodge. Fish the drop offs with drop shots and huskyjerks. Northern Pike - Good: Little Emerson and little millers are filled with northerns. Throw anything at this time and catch a few. Walleye - Slow: Walleyes after dark at Pikes Point, Manhattan, Fort Dodge, Pillsbury, and Gull Point. All locations listed are reported to hold good numbers of walleyes swimming near shore after dark. Anglers are catching fish but not in good numbers. Water clarity and temperatures are keeping fish from biting.

East Okoboji Lake Yellow Bass - Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger fish in the 8-9 inch range. Throw soft plastic shad. Yellow Perch - Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish near the inlet to the upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in the upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye - Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree Point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water.

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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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