Lake Ahquabi

General Information

County: Warren
Location: 5 miles southwest of Indianola
Acres: 114.00
Maximum Depth: 17.5 ft. (1990)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Lake Ahquabi State Park


Amenities at Lake Ahquabi include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Crappie and bluegill fishing is good to excellent in Central Iowa lakes right now. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Black Crappie - Fair: Few crappie are being caught shallow. Suspended fish are being picked up drifting or slow trolling 1/16 or 1/8 ounce jigs with twister tails in water 10ft or deeper Start out from the west shoreline or out from the face of the dam.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill have moved shallow and can be caught with small jigs tipped with crawler under a bobber near treefalls on any of the rip-rap banks and in open pockets in the vegetation close to shore in 2-4ft of water.
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  • Sep 23 2015 12:00AM - 1,003 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/12/2011 - 1,514 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/17/2009 - 1,360 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/21/2007 - 2,200 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 09/25/2006 - 2,000 Channel Catfish (6.2")
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:
  • 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:
Bluegill were sampled in good abundance with decent numbers of angler acceptable fish around 8 inches. Both white and black crappies are present. Black crappies make up the majority, with a good group of fish in the 8.5 to 11 inch range being followed up by a large group of 5.5 to 7.5 inch fish. White crappie are present in fewer numbers with a group of large fish ranging from 11 to 13.5 inches, followed up by a group of 7.5 to 9.5 inch fish. Redear sunfish are very abundant and reaching good size. Many redears were sampled in the 7 to 9.5 inch range, with some reaching over 10 inches. Largemouth bass were surveyed up to 18 inches, with most fish between 10 and 16 inches. Better numbers and size of bass likely exist than the survey showed, but the sampling method was impeded by dense vegetation during the spring. Channel catfish are present in good numbers and size with fish ranging from 17 to 29 inches.(2015)


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.