West Okoboji Lake
northwest edge of Arnolds Park
Amenities at West Okoboji Lake include:
- Boat Access
- Boat Rental
- Picnic Area
- Accessible Facilities
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|All lakes in the Spirit Lake District is ice free. Gill netting activities has started Monday, April 14th on Big Spirit Lake.|
|Crappie - No Report: Fish the canal areas for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill, best action will occur during sunny warm days. |
Largemouth bass, bluegill, yellow perch, crappie, smallmouth, largemouth bass and spottail shiners were all sampled in various densities during the 2008, 500 – ft. drag seine assessment.
Largemouth bass YOY were sampled in excellent numbers during the 2008 bag seine assessment. A largemouth bass catch rate of 61 fish per haul was above the lakes median value of 19 fish per haul, and the third highest catch rate recorded since 1989, suggesting good reproduction of this species in West Okoboji Lake. Since 1989, largemouth bass have been sampled in good to excellent numbers suggesting the presence of an established population of adult fish in good numbers in West Okoboji Lake.
Subadult largemouth bass were also sampled in good numbers during 2008 drag seine assessment and is expected that these fish will recruit and sustain this excellent fishery for years to come.
The small size of many of the young of the year bluegill noted during the 2008, 500- ft. drag seine assessment allowed escapement thru the ¼ inch web and were not enumerated. Larger young of the year and subadult bluegills, dominated by age I fish, were present in the catch.
Bluegills were detected in good numbers during the 2008 bag seine assessment. A catch rate of 35 fish per haul was lower but comparable to the lakes median value of 73 fish per haul (14 – 187 fish per haul; lower and upper percentiles) suggesting the presence of excellent bluegill numbers in the catch.
Yellow perch catch rates declined during the 2008 bag assessment; however, a yellow perch catch rate of 160 fish per net was comparable to the lakes median value of 173 fish per haul (33 – 568, lower and upper percentiles) suggesting continued good numbers in the catch. Subadult yellow perch catch rates have been comparable to the lakes median value since 2000. A catch rate of 42 subadult fish per haul during the 2008 bag seine assessment was again comparable to the lakes median value of 25 fish per haul which indicates year class formation in adequate numbers.
A crappie catch rate of 2 fish per haul was 20 times lower then the 2007 catch of 40 fish per haul (2007 bag seine assessment); however, catch rates continued to be comparable to the lakes median value (11 fish per haul, 1 – 65 lower and upper percentiles) for the fourth consecutive year indicating typical reproduction of this species. A catch rate of 14 subadult crappie during the 2008 bag seine assessment was seven times higher then the lakes median value of 2 fish per haul and was the highest recorded subadult catch rate recorded since 1995 (19 fish per haul) suggesting good recruitment and year class formation of the crappie population in West Okoboji Lake.
Smallmouth bass continued to be detected in excellent numbers during the 2008 assessment. A catch rate of 9 fish per haul declined slightly from a catch of 13 fish per haul (2007 bag seine assessment); however, for the second consecutive year smallmouth bass catch rates remained significantly higher then the lakes median value of 4 fish per haul (1 – 8, lower and upper percentiles) and is the second highest catch rate recorded since the 500-foot drag seine assessment resumed in 1989. This catch indicates good smallmouth bass reproductive success, which will provide adequate numbers for recruitment, and sustain this fishery for future years.
A spottail shiner catch rate of 10 fish per net decreased during the 2008 bag seine assessment (95 fish per haul, 2007 bag seine assessment); however, catch rates remained high for the third consecutive year. . This increase in the catch rate suggests the continued presence of spottail shiners in good numbers in West Okoboji Lake.
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