This weekend I will be heading down to Iowa to compete in this year’s Okoboji Open, an annual team tournament held on Lake Okoboji. Teaming up with me for this event is my good buddy Ryan Brant. Being that neither one of us has any experience on this body of water we decided to head down for a little pre practice and get and idea of what this lake is all about. Lake Okoboji is actually a chain of lakes located in northwestern Iowa and is known for it’s good population of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. West Okoboji is made up of deep rocky structure, while East Okoboji and other lakes in the chain are far more murky and shallow.
Last weekend Ryan and I where met with some very difficult weather that made fishing a little on the tough side. We did manage to catch a couple quality bass though and have a pretty good idea of what we need to do to catch a good sack of money earning fish. The key now is to locate enough of these quality areas to help insure us the fish needed to cash a check.
Over the last few weeks I have managed to get out a few times to Pool 2 on the Mississippi River to do some fun fishing but also prepare for an upcoming club tournament that will be held there in the middle of May. I was really excited when this stretch of the mighty Miss was selected because I had never been there and I knew it held an excellent population of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Better yet, it’s only a 15 minute drive from the front door of my house to the boat ramp. I’ve been able to locate some good fish, but some days are far better than others. I’m starting to figure out that’s just how the river works. I figure if I spend some extra time fishing this stretch of river it will help me get an even better idea of how bass operate on other pools further south. Hopefully this added knowledge will help me to another successful year competing in the Bassmaster Weekend Series MN/WI Division, held solely on none other than the Mississippi River.
Well all for now, I have a lot to get done before I leave town to fish Iowa’s Big O. Wish us luck!