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
As of Thursday, January 19th central Iowa ice conditions have become more variable due to rains. Lakes and ponds have ice ranging from 8 to 12 inches, with the lesser amounts south if I80. There are some weaker spots along the shorelines. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Ahquabi ice conditions can be variable, especially around the fishing shelter and beach area.
Bluegill - Good: Ahquabi provides some good bluegill fishing and fair crappie fishing during the ice season. A good spot to start is a large area of habitat sunk out from the west shoreline across the lake from the beach.
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  • 09/23/2015 - 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")
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:
Lake Ahquabi is providing quality angling for bass, bluegill, crappie, redear sunfish and channel catfish. Bluegill were sampled in good abundance with decent numbers of angler acceptable fish at 7 to 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 9.5 inch range and topping out at 10.5 inches. White crappies were surveyed in lower numbers ranging from 8 to 11 inches. Redear sunfish are very abundant and reaching good size. Many redears were sampled in the 7 to 10 inch range. Largemouth bass were surveyed up to 19.5 inches, with most fish between 12.5 and 16 inches. Channel catfish are present in good numbers and most abundant in the 12 to 15 inch range with fish surveyed up to 29 inches.(2016)


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.