Learn about the DNR's COVID-19 response and how the current health emergency is impacting DNR facilities, services and events.

West Okoboji Lake

General Information

County: Dickinson
Location: northwest edge of Arnolds Park
Acres: 3847.00
Maximum Depth: 138.9 ft. (2014)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Lower Gar State Recreation Area
Mini-Wakan State Park
Gull Point State Park
Gull Point State Park
Marble Beach State Recreation Area
Emerson Bay State Recreation Area
Elinor Bedell State Park
Pikes Point State Park
Templar State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at West Okoboji Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Iowa Great Lake water temperatures are around 65° or lower. The rest of this weeks extended forecast calls for warmer temperatures, but next week temperatures are expected to be in the lower 50s to lower 60s. The area Walleye bite should start to pick up as water temperatures start to fall. The panfish bite should begin to pickup around shore as fish move towards shallower water. The Yellow Perch Bite has began to also pick up recently.
Bluegill - Good: Schools are deeper off shore. Try fishing in 20-30ft off most points. Many people have had success using Pilkies.
The Walleye Season is currently open. The current water temperature is 65°F. Recently the panfish bite has been good. The ability to anchor or use Spot Lock will be very useful to stay on fish that are in about 20-30 feet of water. Fish should soon start to move to shallower water and be able to be caught from docks/shore.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Can be found on the weed lines.
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Can still be found on rock piles or on the points.
Yellow Bass - Good: Can be easily found while fishing for Bluegill.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Schools have started to move deeper off shore.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 05/16/2019 - 62 Muskellunge (13.1)
  • 10/12/2018 - 19,027 Walleye (6.7)
  • 9/28/2017 - 9,627 Walleye (7.6")
  • 5/4/2017 - 1,100,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 5/10/2017 - 390 Muskellunge (13.1")
  • 11/1/2017 - 3,584 Walleye (9")
  • 10/23/2017 - 1,000 Walleye (9")
  • fall 2016 - 4,588 Walleye (9.8")
  • 9/27/16 - 9,617 Walleye (7.2")
  • 5/10/16 - 425 Muskellunge (14.5")
  • 10/29/2015 - 6,849 Walleye (8")
  • 09/25/2015 - 9,618 Walleye (8")
  • 05/12/2015 - 560 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 09/15/2014 - 19,417 Walleye (7")
  • 05/20/2014 - 425 Muskellunge (10.5")
  • 09/23/2013 - 19,245 Walleye (7.1")
  • 05/16/2013 - 766 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 09/17/2012 - 19,238 Walleye (7.5")
  • 09/15/2011 - 23,165 Walleye (6.6")
  • 05/12/2011 - 765 Muskellunge (12.4")
  • 09/14/2010 - 19,636 Walleye (7.2")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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 Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
A large year class of 8– 9-inch bluegill provided excellent fishing during the 2017 ice season which will sustain the fishery during the 2018 season. West Okoboji has good numbers of crappie and perch due to lots of young panfish in recent history. These young fish will help sustain good panfish numbers over the next few years. Northern pike anglers caught good numbers of fish up to 36 inches during the winter 2017/18 season. Anglers will find early spring and the late fall seasons, when water temperatures is below 70 degrees, will continue to provide good action of large fish for the upcoming 2018 season. West Okoboji has long been known for its quality black bass populations and the numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass has remained excellent. The gillnetting season shows there are quality and larger size walleye in the lake which will provide good opportunities to catch lunker sized fish from West Okoboji Lake. (2018)

Contacts

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.