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Lake Pahoja

General Information

County: Lyon
Location: 4 miles south, 2 miles west of Larchwood
Acres: 65.00
Maximum Depth: 27 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Lake Pahoja include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
The walleye season is currently closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. Ice is still in good condition, ranging from 18-24 inches, but many of the boat ramps have deteriorated ice due to large vehicle traffic and warm weather. The extended forecast calls for continued warm temperatures with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s.
Black Crappie - Fair: Try small jigs tipped with waxworms.
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with waxworms.
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  • 10/04/2018 - 350 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • 9/28/16 - 351 Channel Catfish (8.8)
  • 10/11/2013 - 933 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 04/30/2013 - 48,000 Bluegill (2")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
Lake Pahoja will provide anglers quality fishing throughout the 2019 fishing season and beyond. Largemouth bass anglers will note the big numbers of small fish comprised of quality (12.0 – 14.9 inches) size fish in the catch. These fish will sustain the fishery and provide larger acceptable size fish in the following years. Lake Pahoja bluegill anglers will find good opportunities to catch large fish during the 2019 fishing season. Early season will produce a catch dominated by angler acceptable size and larger bluegill which will be common within the catch. The “good times” will carry over during the fall and winter seasons with adequate numbers available to satisfy the angler’s daily trip to Lake Pahoja. Channel catfish anglers will find good opportunities for superb angling during the 2019 season and beyond. Currently, quality numbers of angler acceptable sized fish are available (2019)


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.