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West okoboji
« on: Jan 30, 2022, 07:34 PM »
Curious of the bite this year. Making my first trip for a week in feb....Feb..... any info on ice, bite,etc....appreciated

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #1 on: Feb 02, 2022, 09:32 PM »
Curious of the bite this year. Making my first trip for a week in feb....Feb..... any info on ice, bite,etc....appreciated

Stop into Stans......they give the best info on things IMO. 

2# thin line and small tungsten with one red spike....anything more......you won't catch much.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #2 on: Feb 02, 2022, 10:17 PM »
Oh god it’s that kinda bite?? I’ll be up when it gets ALOT warmer…….last ice

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #3 on: Feb 03, 2022, 05:33 AM »
Curious of the bite this year. Making my first trip for a week in feb....Feb..... any info on ice, bite,etc....appreciated
Come on up. Bite is good. Ice is thick. Hundreds of bluegills being taken out by hundreds of fisherman. I’ve never seen so many large gills as I have seen this year in all my years of living here!

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #4 on: Feb 03, 2022, 10:59 PM »
Oh god it’s that kinda bite?? I’ll be up when it gets ALOT warmer…….last ice

What do u mean its that kinda bite? It is always that kinda bite at the lakes.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #5 on: Feb 04, 2022, 06:39 PM »
Come on up. Bite is good. Ice is thick. Hundreds of bluegills being taken out by hundreds of fisherman. I’ve never seen so many large gills as I have seen this year in all my years of living here!


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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #6 on: Feb 04, 2022, 09:00 PM »
What do u mean its that kinda bite? It is always that kinda bite at the lakes.

Yeah I was being sarcastic

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #7 on: Feb 04, 2022, 10:51 PM »
Yeah I was being sarcastic

Oh....

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #8 on: Feb 11, 2022, 05:39 PM »
Will be there tomorrow.....any reports???? First time, can't wait!

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #9 on: Feb 12, 2022, 08:35 AM »
Wonder how the ice is holding up. South Dakota ice took a beating but they possibly had more snowmelt.
Every plastics manufacturer claims plastics outfish livebait. So now I use livebait just for the increased challenge.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #10 on: Feb 12, 2022, 08:45 AM »
I called sportsmans and Waubay saw snow melt but it didn't hurt the ice. It is however a little farther north than IGL... :-\

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #11 on: Feb 12, 2022, 01:31 PM »
20in of ice......its going to take a bit of time to melt that

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #12 on: Feb 14, 2022, 10:14 PM »
up on West today , had a great day on gills and crappies , #14 black/blue Lucky Lady and white spike  ( didnt care for my usual plastics ) 19 ft of water most fish were caught 12 to 15 ft down , constant action from 11 till 3 , very fun day for sure

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #13 on: Feb 21, 2022, 05:03 PM »
Just returned yesterday from my week at Okiboji. Had a great trip even though we were told the bite slowed the week or so before we arrived. No 10"ers but many over 9. Seen some HUGE pike and bass and one of our guys saw a huge musky. I watched a musky fly by my whole chasing a bluegill that I had just set the hook on. Fortunately he missed it. I got to meet a member from here (Fish Butcher) on the ice and thanks to him for giving me some gills one day when I was struggling. Already looking forward to getting back next year! Thanks again Fish Butcher for your generosity.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #14 on: Feb 23, 2022, 11:28 AM »
Nice to meet you and glad you had a great time. Nothing like sight fishing and the knowledge it teaches one. Perhaps we will “hook up” again next year.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #15 on: Feb 25, 2022, 01:32 PM »
I was on the north end today. Water is dirty. Tons of fish around. Some attacked the bait, most eased up and gave it a look before moving on.  Got one pretty decent crappie. I didn't keep any, just wanted to make them late for something.

Every plastics manufacturer claims plastics outfish livebait. So now I use livebait just for the increased challenge.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #16 on: Feb 25, 2022, 01:42 PM »
3mm black would have been the perfect jig. I didn't have any because I grabbed 4mm when I was buying jigs. Gold worked a little, pink worked a little, 4mm black was best from what I had. Metallic blue didn't work at all. Think I might skip church and go Sunday. I had to drill a hole by hand today because I didn't even think about an auger so that is all I had in the pickup. That was the only hole I was gonna drill, either I caught them or I didn't. I was halfway to the lakes and thought, oh crap balls, I forgot an auger or drill
Every plastics manufacturer claims plastics outfish livebait. So now I use livebait just for the increased challenge.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #17 on: Feb 28, 2022, 02:02 AM »
It was on fire yesterday. Anyone fishing this week should have a lot of fun
Every plastics manufacturer claims plastics outfish livebait. So now I use livebait just for the increased challenge.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #18 on: Mar 02, 2022, 05:57 PM »
I'd like to get out. I heard someone ice fishing south of Cherokee drown today.

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Every plastics manufacturer claims plastics outfish livebait. So now I use livebait just for the increased challenge.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #20 on: Mar 04, 2022, 02:35 PM »
Friend of mine. Sad deal for sure.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #21 on: Mar 04, 2022, 08:36 PM »
Same thing every year at the lakes. After walleye season, nobody is out. Fishing is on fire and I got the entire bay to myself.
Every plastics manufacturer claims plastics outfish livebait. So now I use livebait just for the increased challenge.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #22 on: Mar 05, 2022, 04:22 PM »
It was awesome again today. Trucks on the ice still but not mine. Those guys are nuts. I left at noon before it got crappy.
Every plastics manufacturer claims plastics outfish livebait. So now I use livebait just for the increased challenge.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #23 on: Mar 05, 2022, 06:20 PM »
May have to head up there next weekend...here at Black Hawk it's looking to be shot. 70% open and I wouldn't trust what's left out there unless we really get a deep freeze this week.

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Re: West okoboji
« Reply #24 on: Mar 06, 2022, 08:41 AM »
It is supposed to cool down later this week. We might get a couple weeks yet
Every plastics manufacturer claims plastics outfish livebait. So now I use livebait just for the increased challenge.

 



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