Clear Lake

General Information

County: Cerro Gordo
Location: south edge of Clear Lake
Acres: 3684.00
Maximum Depth: 19.2 ft. (2000)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

McIntosh Woods State Park
Clear Lake State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Clear Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
The water temperature is 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Anglers are reminded that it is the law to Clean, Drain, and Dry their boats.
Walleye - Fair: Fish the rock reefs with a slip bobber and leech or minnow.
Yellow Bass - Good: Drift a small jig tipped with a piece of crawler in 8 to 13 feet of water.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish the windward side of the lake with cut bait.
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  • annual 2015 - 14,031 Walleye (7")
  • annual 2015 - 22,290 Walleye (8")
  • 05/18/2015 - 10,000 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 05/13/2015 - 600 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/29/2015 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 9,509 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 18,007 Walleye (8")
  • 09/25/2014 - 18,019 Walleye (6")
  • 06/03/2014 - 10,909 Northern Pike (2-3")
  • 05/08/2014 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/21/2013 - 17,113 Walleye (8.0")
  • 10/03/2013 - 31,296 Walleye (3.3")
  • 05/29/2013 - 20,098 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/16/2013 - 605 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 05/07/2013 - 16,600,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/23/2012 - 14,223 Walleye (7.6")
  • 09/17/2012 - 7,141 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/08/2012 - 15,608 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 05/07/2012 - 200 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 04/12/2012 - 8,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/10/2011 - 17,001 Walleye (8.3")
  • 06/28/2011 - 70,569 Walleye (2.7"-)
  • 05/18/2011 - 10,240 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 05/12/2011 - 560 Muskellunge (12.4")
  • 05/11/2011 - 1,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/26/2011 - 15,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/18/2010 - 18,002 Walleye (9.4")
  • 09/08/2010 - 8,800 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 07/02/2010 - 56,454 Walleye (2.2")
  • 05/18/2010 - 2,222 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/18/2010 - 10,132 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 04/28/2010 - 2,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/21/2010 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/13/2009 - 18,007 Walleye (9.2")
  • 10/07/2009 - 18,250 Walleye (4.5")
  • 06/24/2009 - 55,076 Walleye (2.0")
  • 05/13/2009 - 9,143 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 05/06/2009 - 600 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 05/05/2009 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/28/2008 - 17,986 Walleye (9.6")
  • 09/24/2008 - 18,123 Walleye (5.4")
  • 09/09/2008 - 11,282 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 05/07/2008 - 16,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/17/2007 - 20,913 Walleye (9.7")
  • 09/27/2007 - 37,034 Walleye (4.5")
  • 09/24/2007 - 9,805 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 05/16/2007 - 600 Muskellunge (13.2")
  • 05/01/2007 - 15,900,000 Walleye (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bigmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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: Except for border lakes
  • 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.
  • Flathead 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: Except for border lakes
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other: except for West Okoboji, East Okoboji, and Spirit Lakes (Dickinson County)
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Pumpkinseed
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 14-inch minimum length limit
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
  • White Sucker
    • 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.
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Walleye angling will be good in 2017. The 2014 year-class is right at the 14 inch minimum and will continue to grow as the season progresses. Yellow bass angling will be excellent with the size averaging over 9 inches. May and early June are often the best times to target yellows. Late summer and fall angling for yellows is often good as well. Crappie populations continue to improve. Anglers will consistently catch crappie while angling for other species or specifically targeting them. Muskellunge have become a frequently targeted species on Clear Lake. Good opportunities exist to catch a fish over 40 inches.(2017)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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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.