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
Most lakes now have 16+ inches of ice. There is currently heavy snow cover on most areas making getting around in less capable vehicles very difficult. This weekend is Okoboji Winter Games, so expect the ice to be very busy with traffic and events. The forecast also calls for colder temperatures, snow and increased winds.
Bluegill - Good: Try tube jigs, plastics or other small jigs.
The bluegill bite in Little Emerson Bay and out from Triboji have both been very good. Emerson Bay has 16+ inches of ice. Haywards Bay has 16+ inches. Triboji has 14+ inches.
Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with a minnow.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with a minnow. Sorting may be needed.
Download Printable Lake Map

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

  • 09/15/2020 - 9,313 Walleye (6.5)
  • 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")
  • Bighead Carp
  • Curlyleaf Pondweed
  • Zebra Mussel
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bigmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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
  • Brown Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Freshwater Drum
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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
  • Pumpkinseed
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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: May 7, 2022 through Feb. 14, 2023
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: all 19 to 25-inch walleyes must be immediately released alive
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 25 inches may be taken per day
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
  • White Sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • 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:
Fishing at West Okoboji Lake has been good in recent years, especially when it comes to panfish. There has been consistent recruitment in recent years creating good year classes of 8-9 inch bluegill that have been providing excellent fishing throughout the warm and cold-water seasons. Yellow Perch have also seen consistent recruitment, but often require a good amount of sorting in order to take home many 9+ inch fish. Recently a large year class of young of the year Black Crappie has been observed which should offer great fishing opportunities in the next couple years as these young fish continue to grow. Northern Pike anglers have been successful at catching many 30+ inch fish in recent season. The Muskellunge fishery has been great in recent years with some anglers reporting over 20+ catches a season with fish pushing up over 50 inches. Bass anglers have also been very successful in the last year. There is currently a large year class of 15+ inch Largemouth Bass with some fish pushing up above 20 inches. A large year class of 14+ inch Smallmouth Bass has also been observed, which will provide great fishing opportunities in the coming season. Walleye catch has been somewhat inconsistent, but recent changes to the slot limit in the last year has opened up the opportunity to catch fish that had previously been in the old slot. Currently the protected Walleye slot is 19-25 inches. There is still a bag limit of 3 fish where one of those fish can be over 25 inches. (2022)
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