John Grosvenor spends about nine hours a day, seven days a week, leading fishing expeditions on the Iowa Great Lakes during the summer. He’s done this for 21 summers.
John Campbell, meanwhile, was about 2 years old, circa 1960, when he began fishing in the lakes in the summer. Campbell is also a fishing guide and, over a two-week period, he might spend one day not on the lake. He was inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 2019.
Both men have a wealth of tips and strategies for a productive fishing trip to the Iowa Great Lakes, picked up over many a summer day spent in a boat. They both had nothing but good things to say about fishing in the Okoboji area.
“You’ve got to think like a fish — no, that’s kind of cliché, isn’t it?” said Grosvenor, 57, said during a phone call in early June. (He was leading a fishing group from Lincoln, Nebraska, on West Lake Okoboji as he spoke on the phone.)