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East Okoboji Lake

General Information

County: Dickinson
Location: east edge of Okoboji
Acres: 1835.00
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (1970)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Amenities

Amenities at East Okoboji Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji.
Walleye - Fair: Parks Marina and Lone tree point are reporting a hot bite for walleye at this time. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12ft of water.
Yellow Bass - Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary in size from small to a few larger fish in the 8-9 inch range. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows.
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.

Fishing Forecast

Walleye anglers will find a catch dominated by slot fish during the spring, 2015 season; however, anglers will note an influx of harvestable size fish during the fall, 2015 which will provide an upswing to the fishery for the next few years. Good numbers of small yellow perch are currently present in East Okoboji Lake. Continued good growth throughout the summer will result in numbers of acceptable sized fish during the fall 2015 and winter 2015 – 2016 season. 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.(2015)


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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 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)
  • 10/11/2005 - 4,660 Channel Catfish (7")
  • 04/24/2005 - 6,501,938 Walleye (Fry)

Regulations

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
  • 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
  • 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 Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:

Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

Lake Mini-report

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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.

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