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
The panfish/perch bite has slowed a bit due to the most recent cold front. The evening walleye bite from shore has been slower. The forecast calls for highs in the 40s with much colder nights leading to some freezing. Most lake temperatures are now in the 30s. Many of the the smaller lakes have been icing over during the nights.
Black Crappie - Fair: Catch has been picking up and fish have been moving in shallower and been hanging out around pockets of vegetation.
Bluegill - Fair: Have been biting like crazy recently. Leaches/worms and a simple bobber setup have proven to be very effective.
Many anglers are observing higher catch rates with sorting needed to limit out on various fish. Many people have had success with slip bobbers/spoons as well as vertical jigging and dropshot. The current water temperature is 35°.
Pumpkinseed - Fair: Fun and easier to catch from most docks. Simple setups such as a small hook, bobber and piece of worm can do the trick.
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  • October 2019 - 6,589 Walleye (9.1)
  • May 2019 - 7,242,750 Walleye (Fry)
  • 08/31/2019 - 21,093 Walleye (6.05)
  • 06/24/2019 - 386 Muskellunge (11.8)
  • 10/08/2018 - 1,003 Channel Catfish (8.3)
  • 05/16/2018 - 7,769,991 Walleye (Fry)
  • 9/28/2017 - 9,632 Walleye (7.6")
  • 5/4/2017 - 535,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 5/2/2017 - 300,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 5/1/2017 - 6,200,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 10/30/2017 - 667 Walleye (9")
  • 10/30/2017 - 2,922 Walleye (8.9")
  • 10/23/2017 - 1,029 Walleye (9")
  • fall 2016 - 4,585 Walleye (10.0")
  • 9/28/16 - 9,621 Walleye (7.1")
  • 5/3/16 - 8,585,911 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/29/2015 - 1,956 Walleye (8")
  • 09/24/2015 - 9,627 Walleye (8")
  • 04/29/2015 - 10,682,093 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 7,504,242 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/30/2014 - 5,498 Walleye (8")
  • 09/15/2014 - 9,176 Walleye (7")
  • 09/09/2014 - 4,483 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 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)
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:
Good numbers of angler acceptable size yellow perch are currently present in East Okoboji Lake. Continued good growth throughout the summer 2019 will result in numbers of larger acceptable sized fish during the fall 2019 and winter 2019 – 2020 seasons. The untapped channel catfish population is present in good 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 angler acceptable size fish exists in the lake. (2019)
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