Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park)

General Information

County: Polk
Location: southwest of West Des Moines; Raccoon River Park
Acres: 232.00
Maximum Depth: 34 ft. (1997)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Walnut Woods State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
No recent updates

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  • 09/29/2015 - 998 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/01/2013 - 2,021 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/17/2012 - 100,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 09/07/2011 - 1,686 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/18/2009 - 2,634 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 09/05/2007 - 3,502 Channel Catfish (8.2")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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.
  • Freshwater Drum
    • 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: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
Blue Heron offers crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass fishing. White and black crappies are both abundant. Sizes are generally less than anglers prefer, but the white crappies are a little larger than the black crappies. Expect to catch white crappies mostly in the 7- to 10-inch range, while the black crappies are mostly under 8 inches. The largemouth bass fishery is good with fish surveyed at all sizes from 8- to 18-inches. Channel catfish are very abundant and the most common sizes surveyed ranged from 10- to 16.5-inches, but good numbers of fish from 17- to 28-inches were also present. Hybrid striped bass are continuing to be stocked and are doing well. There are increasing chances of catching hybrid striped bass over 25 inches now.(2017)

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.