DNR Issues update on Asian carp situation

Mike Hawkins, Fisheries Management Biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, issued an update this week on the Asian carp situation in the Iowa Great Lakes. Following are his findings: The commercial angler has been keeping our office updated on catch each day they work on the area lakes and are required to provide … Read more

Zebra mussel prevention efforts

There is currently an effort in California to develop a statewide program to fight the advance of zebra mussels. A zebra mussel detection dog trainer, Debi DeShon, recently shared this information with Iowa Great Lakes residents. This link will take you to a copy of the resolution by Lake County to declare a state of … Read more

Water Safety & AIS Update

By Phil Petersen Live and learn can best describe our water safety and fighting Aquatic Invasive Species activity this summer. In the spring we learned that the State Game and Fish Protection Fund that holds our Boat Registration user fees had a $38.7M spending cap. While this legislature spending cap had never come into play … Read more

Oktoberfest Coverage

More than 300 bicyclists enjoyed a Saturday filled with sunshine during the annual University of Okoboji Oktoberfest Bike Ride. The riders traveled 27.47 miles around West Lake Okoboji with a kick off at Arrowwood in Okoboji.

Center Lake Blue Green Algae Blooms

We’ve received a number of calls regarding a blue green algae (cyanobacteria) die off on Center Lake today (attached photos).  Center Lake has been more prone to these blooms in recent years, and this one is impacting Hayward’s Bay on West Okoboji Lake.  Water entering West O is bluish in color and has probably lowered … Read more