Iowa Great Lakes Outdoors, Inc.- Guiding Okoboji
Okoboji fishing has some of the best fishing in Iowa for a true big water fishing adventure! The Iowa Great Lakes of NW Iowa is the best place in Iowa to land the fish of a lifetime, or fish for the fryer on a guide trip with Iowa Great Lakes Outdoors, Inc. Every angler has a a chance at catching large numbers of panfish as well as trophy walleye, smallmouth bass or northern pike on the clearest water in Iowa.
Our Priority on guide trips is YOU and our goal is to provide the most exciting fishing trip on the water or ice in Okoboji in addition to making all of you better anglers! We fish all of the lakes in the Okoboji chain and will work hard to put you on the best bite going the day of a guide trip. Okoboji is a "Must Fish" destination for anyone fishing in Iowa and should be on everyone's list of things to do when they vacation in Okoboji! Climb in the boat or step out on the ice with us for an exciting time as we chase big Walleyes, huge Bluegills, or giant Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass or settle in on schools of Yellow Bass for "red hot" rod bending action!
Some of the best time families and friends can spend together is on the water catching fish, sharing laughs and making lifetime memories! We look forward to making your time on the water with us enjoyable on the Iowa Great Lakes. We welcome all families, especially with kids, adult groups or individual anglers.
Our mission at Iowa Great Lakes Outdoors, Inc. is simple-
“Provide customers with a quality guided fishing experience catching fish on the Iowa Great Lakes with an emphasis on FUN, Education, Professionalism and Safety."
Your Guide at Iowa Great Lakes Outdoors, Inc. is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain. He is certified in CPR/First Aid and is insured for open water and ice fishing. He has also completed an Iowa boater education course to supplement 20+ years of safe boat operation in addition to Coast Guard license requirements.
Meet Your Captain
and Okoboji Fishing Guide
Captain Chad Loreth is a native to Iowa and has spent most of his adult life fishing in the Midwest. Chad has a passion for hunting and fishing that started as a youth that lead him to pursue professional employment in the outdoors as an adult. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked 27 years as a professional in Natural Resources with in addition to guiding. He has been fortunate to live in several places throughout his life in Iowa and Minnesota, and fish some of the best walleye waters that each of those states has to offer in summer and winter months. Chad has a serious addiction for ice fishing and likes to spend the winter months on the Iowa Great Lakes on a snowmobile with ice shacks in tow, guiding customers and fishing tournaments when he can. He represents JT Outdoor Products, Clam Outdoors and Vexilar as part of their Pro Staff Teams. He enjoys representing what he feels are the best brands in the industry and educating people about the great sport of fishing to help them become better anglers. In addition to fishing, he is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting and retriever training and just as important- his family! One of his joys was raising his kids to be anglers and he looks forward to helping you with your kids as well enjoy the fun of fishing. As your professional Okoboji fishing guide he will insure that you have a GREAT experience on the water for your Okoboji fishing adventure!
Our Winter Guide Team
Chad Cummings joined our team in 2017 and has been an ice fishing industry Pro Staffer for over 15 years for several of the biggest ice fishing companies in the world. Chad represents Clam Outdoors, Vexilar, JT Outdoor Products, Coldsnap Outdoors, FilletMaker and is a proud Recycled Fish Ambassador. He calls the Iowa Great Lakes his hardwater home each year as an ice fishing guide with Iowa Great Lakes Outdoors, Inc.
When not on the ice you'll find Chad Cummings running his 4 radio stations and marketing company in Worthington, MN and Sibley, Iowa known as Radio Works! Chad and his wife Jami also have a Non Profit serving a 60 mile area for Autism named Keagan's Cause. Chad's favorite lake to fish is the clear waters of West Okoboji and you might also here him as the voice of JT Outdoor Products as Mr. "Be Legendary!"
Cameron Arnold joined our team in 2017 and is the son of Chad and Lisa Loreth, owners of Iowa Great Lakes Outdoors, Inc. He is an avid angler and graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science. He started a career as a professional in resource management in 2017 and helps out with winter guide trips for us part time on the weekends.
While at Iowa State he was a very active member of the Iowa State University Fishing Club. Cameron is an experienced ice fishing tournament angler and is very good at educating our customers. He is passionate about all things fishing and enjoys working with the younger generation to promote the sport of ice fishing. He has a great personality and likes to have fun on the ice as well as working with our customers and also helping to educate them about the great sport of ice fishing! He has a strong belief that hard work will help you reach your goals in life and we enjoy having him help us with winter ice fishing trips when he's available!