Walleye Weekend – That’s a Wrap!

From the fantastic weather to the turnout of over 2,100 anglers, the 37th Annual Walleye Weekend was an awesome kick-off to Walleye Season in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Individuals of varying ages and 17 different states got to experience the beautiful Lakes area. This year we had anglers from Delaware to Florida and even California participating in the annual fishing tournament. We would like to congratulate and thank everyone who was involved in the efforts that went into the weekend.

Thank you to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Dickinson County Cattlemen, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Great Lakes Marine, CC Screen Printing, John Grosvenor, and the Dickinson County Fairgrounds for contributing to another successful year as well as KUOO, KICD, MC22, Dickinson County News, Lakes News Shopper, and Okoboji Tourism for their promotions of the event.

Thank you to all registration points, bait shops and weigh-in stations that we are fortunate enough to work with including Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Great Lakes Marine, Kabele’s Trading Post, Oh Shuck’s Bait and Tackle, and Stan’s Bait and Tackle.

Thank you to the Chamber members who sponsored this year’s t-shirts and posters. These businesses include: Barefoot Bar, Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Great Lakes Marine, GrapeTree Medical Staffing, Kuhlman Lake Service & Welding, Mediacom, Northwest Bank, Okoboji Motorsports, Pure Fishing, Stan’s Bait Shop, Stauss Realty, Tri-State Litho, Walker Insurance, and Walmart.

Thank you to Pure Fishing for generously donating over $3,500 in prizes for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplace winners in the heaviest fish categories. Thank you as well to the Chamber members who donated a variety of items to the prize packages given out at the Awards Luncheon.

Thank you to the dedicated Iowa Navy Commodores and all other volunteers for their time spent registering participants late into the night on Friday and additional help at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday.


View the full album of images HERE!


2019 Walleye Weekend Heaviest Fish Winners:

Heaviest Northern Pike:
1st Place – Dylan Gaudineer of Bondurant, IA (11.72lbs)
2nd Place – Bill Huse of Milford, IA (8.36lbs)
3rd Place – Ryan Sabin of Spencer, IA (8.28lbs)

Heaviest Stringer of Bullhead:
1st Place – Berklee Carpenter of Sioux City, IA (13.03lbs)
2nd Place – Bob Lampe of Spirit Lake, IA (12.03lbs)
3rd Place – Dylan Mouw of Sheldon, IA (11.84lbs)

Heaviest Stringer of Panfish:
1st Place – Danny James Salmon of Jackson, MN (6.89lbs)
2nd Place – Barry Anderson of Milford, IA (6.62lbs)
3rd Place – Dean Weydert of West Bend, IA (5.26lbs)

Heaviest Stringer of Walleye:
1st Place – Steve Nevens of Rushmore, MN (4.90lbs)
2nd Place – Cody Christians of Spirit Lake, IA (4.89lbs)
3rd Place – Will Mulder of Worthington, MN (4.80)

4th of July Fireworks

For over 40 years, the 4th of July fireworks display as filled our Okoboji sky with color and excitement. The memories this event creates for generations begins with your donations.

Any donation – big or small, goes a long way!

How can YOU help?

Click Here to donate to the 2019 4th of July Fireworks! 



Thank you to the 2018 donors who contributed! We could not continue this tradition without you.


Andrea & Rick Carlton
Bank Midwest
City of Arnolds Park
Iowa Information: Publication of Okoboji Magazine & Discover
Mark & Polly Peterson
Mary & Pat Graham
Parks Marina
Signe Kim Lauridsen-Jones
The Foreign Candy Company, The Foreign Candy Warehouse Outlet Store, and Peter & Betsy De Yager & family of Hull, IA



Calvin & Karen German
Carpet One
City View Farms
Fillenwarth Beach
Lakes News Shopper
Mau Marine
Mike & Margie Bennett
Spirit Lake Silver & Gold
The Tamisiea Family & Everyone at Tecton Industries
Toby & Sylvia Shine



Barnes Manufacturing Services
Carstens Financial Group
City of West Okoboji
Dave & Barb Haggart
David & Jane Christ
Dr. Terry & Jill Boelter
Erpelding Voigt & Co.
Farmers Savings Bank
Gary & Sharon Godbersen
Greg & Denise Branaugh
Gregg & Beth Lombardi
Haley & Riley Goodwin
In honor of Claire Cramm & Anna Cramm
In Loving Memory of Tom Thornton
James Landen
Jimmy Johns
Kim Norby
Kuhlman Lake Services
Liberty National Bank
Mary Landen
Mary Pat & Jerry Sweetman
Mike & Rose Marie Vasquez
Ned & Joanne L Stockdale
Northwest Bank
Oak Hill Marina
Phil & Rita Smith
R.M. Madden Construction
Ray & Susan Sherman
Scott Pyle
Shamus, Isaac, Violet, and Alex: Prusha Family
Stauss Realty
Stephanie Cavanor
The State Bank
Tony & Mari Thies
United Community Bank



Alfred & Joan Decrane
Blain & Kris Andera
Bradley & Sheryl Jones
Brooks Golf Club
Bruce & Jan Bass
Bruce & Joni Rasmussen
Catherine Heinemann
Creative Small Business Solutions
Danbom Lakeside Engineering, Inc.
David & Lori Schmit + Family
David Van Veldhuizen
Debbie & Snap Johnson
Dennis Anderson Family
Dennis Ford & Julie Fowler
Dr. Roswell & Martha Johnston
Dr. Steve Schmitz
Frank & Debra Johnson
Gary McKellips
Graves Construction Company
James Dunn
Jason & Kristine Bofenkamp
Jiffy C-Store
John & Jacque Hoch
Kathryn & Jay Schuster
Lakes Regional Healthcare
Larry & Sharee Den Herder
Lee & Janelle Holter
Lindeberg Appraisal
Mary Kay Peck
Meyer Home Improvement, Inc.
Okoboji Realty
Pizza Ranch
Skip & Diane Miller
Sue Sears & Family
The Landings Owners Association
Triggs Bay Resort
Walker Insurance Agency, Inc.
West Oaks Condominum Association Inc
William & Joann Wischmeyer



Anne Bonestroo
Bernie & Janet Saggau
Charles & Linda Clatterbuck
David & Kristi Saggau
David & Lana Arnold
David Clark
Delores Jahn
Dick & Maureen Kizer
Donald & Donna Dorn
Emerald Hills
Gary Rosemore
Jacobson-Westergard & Associates, Inc.
Joan Mauel
John & Patricia Buysman
Kari’s Fine Clothing for Women
Katie Moon
Keith Husz
Keith Luchtel
Lois Strother
Louann Schropp
Mark Jensen
Melander’s TV & Appliance
Okoboji View Golf Course
P. Windeshausen
Paul & Susan Halpine
Robert & Bonnie Baird
Robert & Bonnie Dixon
Robert & Patricia Henrichs
Roger & Peggy Jones
Ryan & Amy Callaghan
Sandberg’s Echo Bay
Smokin’ Jakes
Table 316 Steakhouse
Thomas & Jean Farner
Wilkens Inc.


May Business After 5

Yesterdays will be hosting the first May Business After 5 with co-host KUOO on Tuesday, May 14th from 5-7 p.m. The second May BA5 will be held at Brooks Golf Course on Tuesday, May 28rd with co-host Crazy Bobs Foods.

Join your Iowa Great Lakes Area friends and community members for great food, drinks, and networking! Business After 5 is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend this fun and rewarding Lakes Area networking tradition. The cost is $5 per person.

Contact the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 712-332-2107 or e-mail kiley@okobojichamber.com.


Promoter Level Members

Thank you to our Promoter Level Members: AmericInn, annLeo, Avera Medical Group, Black Hills Energy, Consumers Lumber, Crazy Bob’s, Cutty’s, Dowden-Hinn Realtors, Exit Realty, Fareway, KUOO-Community First Broadcasting, Fillenwarth Beach Resort, Lakes Regional Healthcare, Safco-Mayline, Okoboji Motor Company, Outrigger, Polaris Industries, Premier Communications, The State Bank, The Three Sons, Village West, and Walker Insurance.

Iowa Navy Commodores

Are you looking for a way to meet new people and get more involved in your community? Become an Iowa Navy Commodore!

The mission of the Commodores is to generate enthusiasm, promote membership, and portray a wholesome quality of life in the lakes area throughout the year. They are ambassadors for area businesses and organizations that assist with everything from Chamber events and Business After 5s to ribbon cuttings that welcome new businesses and chamber members.

Check out the current roster below. This is the fantastic group of individuals you would get to know through your Commodore involvement.

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, email kara@okobojichamber.com today!




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