East Okoboji Lake

Amenities

Amenities at East Okoboji Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Black Crappie - Good: Concentrate on wooden docks casting small jig lures tipped with bait will produce good numbers of fish.
Yellow Bass - Good: Good action early morning and evening hours, fish bridge sites for the best action.
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  • Sep 24 2015 12:00AM - 9,627 Walleye (8")
  • Oct 29 2015 12:00AM - 1,956 Walleye (8")
  • Apr 29 2015 12:00AM - 10,682,093 Walleye (Fry)
  • Sep 15 2014 12:00AM - 9,176 Walleye (7")
  • Sep 9 2014 12:00AM - 4,483 Channel Catfish (8")
  • Oct 30 2014 12:00AM - 5,498 Walleye (8")
  • annual 2014 - 7,504,242 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/21/2013 - 8,449 Walleye (8.0")
  • 05/17/2013 - 3,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/17/2013 - 6,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/15/2012 - 7,902 Walleye (8.7")
  • 09/17/2012 - 1,262 Walleye (7.3")
  • 08/16/2012 - 6,987 Walleye (6.4")
  • 08/16/2012 - 6,987 Walleye (6.5")
  • 04/25/2012 - 3,378,212 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/12/2011 - 9,177 Walleye (8.3")
  • 05/11/2011 - 6,556,545 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/21/2010 - 9,178 Walleye (9.6")
  • 09/20/2010 - 4,400 Channel Catfish (9.5")
  • 04/26/2010 - 11,058,923 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/28/2009 - 9,289 Walleye (6.7")
  • 05/06/2009 - 6,520,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/09/2009 - 100,320 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/11/2008 - 6,600,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/03/2007 - 6,450,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/18/2006 - 5,610 Channel Catfish (6.8")
  • 04/27/2006 - 6,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Open from May 21 - November 30
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Open from May 3, 2014 through February 15, 2015.
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: all 17 to 22-inch walleyes must be immediately released alive
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Walleye anglers will find a catch dominated by slot fish during the spring, 2016 season; however, anglers will note an influx of small walleye approaching 12 inches which will provide an upswing to the fishery for the next few years. Continued good growth will reflect larger angler acceptable size fish during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 angling season. Good numbers of angler acceptable size yellow perch are currently present in East Okoboji Lake. Continued good growth throughout the summer 2016 will result in numbers of larger acceptable sized fish during the fall 2016 and winter 2016 – 2017 seasons. The untapped channel catfish population is present in goods numbers in East Okoboji Lake and will provide excellent angling throughout the upcoming fishing season. Persistence and patience will produce nice catches dominated by angler acceptable size bluegill, black and white crappie. Continued good growth of these fish throughout the summer will result in good numbers of acceptable size fish for the following angling season. Anglers will continue to enjoy excellent yellow bass angling on East Okoboji Lake. Currently large numbers of fish averaging 8.5 inches exists in the lake. Continued good growth, a trademark of this species will produce large fish approaching 12 inches for the fall 2016 angling season.(2016)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.