Fishing this winter started off extremely slow. In fact it was down right disappointing. FINALLY toward the end of January and now the beginning of February the bite has gotten HOT!! A group this past weekend caught between 50 and 60 keepers...with a half dozen of the Crapies at or just over 13-inches. Here's a few photos from January and February....including the crew from Omaha and Kansas City who showed up wearing T-shirts that Said: "I'm John Grosvenor" on the front and "Go Fish Yourselves" on the back. I was flattered...pretty funny!
LETS GO ICE FISHING!!! ITS TIME!!!! Call John Grosvenor (712) 330-5815 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cold Temperatures have created heavy ice cover and early ice fishing conditions in the Okoboji area. Anglers have been driving on the ice in some areas for nearly three weeks. the thickest Ice i've seen has been nearly 18 inches but with this latest cold snap I have to believe it is thicker now. As always when driving on the ice. NEVER DRIVE WHERE YOU HAVEN'T DRILLED! Remember: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SAFE ICE. Always be cautious when venturing out onto a frozen lake.
With that in mind....we have been catching a few nice fish. In December we happened to ice a couple very nice pike. One pike was a "Silver" pike caught up on Spirit Lake....the other was a very nice fish caught on West Okoboji. We've had a few good bluegill days and have even caught some Walleyes on spirit Lake.
Big largemouth and smallmouth bass continued to bite throughout the fall on West Okoboji. The bite did slow in mid-October but we were still picking up a few monsters along with a few walleyes and big gills. Kevin Will made the trip from Sioux City in Late october to pick up some big smallies and largemouth bass. The bite was slow but a few big ones decided to bite that day. I also picked up my two biggest bass I've ever caught on the Okoboji chain of lakes. In September I landed a 6-pound hawg and a 7-pound monster.
The bite the frist two weeks of July and last week of June have been my absolute best Walleye weeks on West Okoboji all year. Not to mention giant trophy bass like Scott and Kelsey caught from Denver, Colorado. Not as many yellow bass as in years bast.....but the Bluegill are plentiful and consistantly big. Leah Miller from Coralville, IA caught the biggest smallmouth bass I've ever had in my boat. Nearly 22 inches!