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: no gas motors allowed at this water body

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Amenities

Amenities at Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
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  • Feb 2016 - 1,060 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Feb 2016 - 3,590 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 4,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/28/2015 - 1,499 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 1,980 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Winter 2013 - 4,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2012 - 5,095 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 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/lb)
  • 11/19/2010 - 2,200 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 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 2017 showed bluegills ranging in size from 3- to just over 8-inches. Most bluegill were 4.5- to 6.5-inches. The most common sizes of largemouth bass surveyed were 11.5- to 14-inches with fish up to 17 inches. Larger bass are present, but not captured during the survey. White and black crappies were surveyed. The black crappies ranged in size from 5.5- to 11-inches. The white crappies ranged from 6.5- to 10.5-inches. Fall gill nets in 2017 showed fair numbers of 19.5- to 21-inch hybrid striped bass. A new group of hybrid striped bass was stocked in 2017 that were 5- to 7.5-inches by September. Ada Hayden has a quality channel catfish population with sizes from 10- to 28-inches. A unique trout fishery has developed as a portion of the fall and winter stocked trout are surviving and growing year round. The trout are most often caught in the spring, fall and winter when water temperatures are below 70 degrees. Other species present in lower numbers that can provide the occasional catch include walleye and yellow perch.(2017)

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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.