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 area lake temps are in the mid 70s to 80s. The forecast calls for continued temps in the 70s-80s. Bass and panfishing has been great on most lakes out along weedlines in 15+ feet of water. Most fish have been caught out in deeper water as temperatures are higher.
Water temperatures are in the upper 70s. The water level is currently 1 inch over crest. Most fish are now out deeper in 15+ feet as water continues to warm. Rocky points and areas with new vegetation growth have seen the most success.
Black Crappie - Good: Using crank baits or shad raps has been effective lately.
Bluegill - Good: Can be caught while using small shad raps.
Largemouth Bass - Fair:
Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try fishing off points using surface baits or jerk baits.
Walleye - Fair: Try fishing off points by trolling crank baits or with lindy rigs. An hour before and after sunset have been the best times to see success. Some fish have been caught while trolling for crappie.
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  • 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")
  • 09/17/2012 - 19,238 Walleye (7.5")
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:
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)
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Contacts

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