Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake

General Information

County: Story
Location: North side of Ames, west of Grand Avenue/Highway 69.
Acres: 137.00
Maximum Depth: 61 ft. (2002)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
Ice fishing conditions have returned to good in Central Iowa. Thicknesses range from 8 to 13 inches. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Rainbow Trout - Fair: Trout were stocked on Saturday, February 6th. The trout can be targeted by tipping jigging spoons or sweedish pimple style baits with waxworms and fishing with live minnows. In the past the trout have moved in schools around the perimeter, so begin by not fishing water over 20ft deep.
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  • Winter 2013 - 4,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2012 - 5,095 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/13/2011 - 416 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 05/23/2011 - 100,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 01/14/2011 - 4,407 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 11/19/2010 - 2,200 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/20/2009 - 75,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Rainbow Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Sampling in 2014 showed bluegills ranging in size from 3 to just over 8.5 inches. Most bluegill were 5.5 to 7 inches. The most common largemouth bass surveyed were 9 to 15 inches with lower numbers of individuals existing between 17 and 20 inches. Fall gill nets in 2015 still showed good numbers of hybrid striped bass from 18.5 to 20 inches. Ada Hayden has a quality channel catfish population with sizes from 14.5 to 27 inches. A unique trout fishery has developed as a portion of the fall and winter stocked trout have been surviving and growing year round. The trout are most often caught in the spring, fall and winter when water temps are below 70 degrees. Other species present in lower numbers that can provide the occasional catch include crappie, walleye and yellow perch.(2015)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

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Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.