Lake Sugema

General Information

County: Van Buren
Location: 3 miles southwest of Keosauqua
Acres: 574.00
Maximum Depth: 34 ft. (1993)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Lacey Keosauqua State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Sugema include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.
Ice conditions have deteriorated since last week. The lake has open water due to geese keeping some areas open and water on top of the ice. Ice conditions are variable so use caution.
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  • 09/21/2015 - 3,502 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 04/20/2015 - 2,000 Walleye (8")
  • 10/24/2014 - 6,003 Walleye (8")
  • 05/19/2014 - 600 Muskellunge (10.5")
  • 10/15/2013 - 8,062 Walleye (8.5")
  • 10/31/2012 - 7,941 Walleye (8.5")
  • 05/02/2012 - 600 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 10/17/2011 - 8,632 Walleye (8.3")
  • 09/29/2011 - 769 Muskellunge (9.8")
  • 06/23/2011 - 4,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 06/23/2011 - 6,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 05/11/2010 - 667 Muskellunge (12.7")
  • 10/16/2009 - 2,880 Walleye (9.2")
  • 09/08/2009 - 4,115 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 10/27/2008 - 8,192 Walleye (10.0")
  • 09/25/2008 - 6,000 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 05/19/2008 - 1,200 Muskellunge (13.5")
  • 11/01/2007 - 7,776 Walleye (10")
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: All 12 to 18-inch fish must be immediately released
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Largemouth bass angling is excellent with tremendous numbers of 12-18 inch fish available. Largemouth up to 22 inches in length were sampled in 2015. Bluegill angling remains good, but the illegal introduction of gizzard shad will result in declines in this quality. Walleye numbers are good with fish up to 25 inches present. However, stocking has been discontinued due to the illegal introduction of gizzard shad. Muskellunge numbers are good with fish up to 40 inches present. However, musky stockings have also been discontinued. A partial fish renovation to remove gizzard shad is likely but will not be executed by the DNR until walleye numbers decline naturally. Walleye and muskellunge have a low tolerance to rotenone, whereas bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass are more tolerant. A low concentration of rotenone will eventually be used to remove those illegally introduced gizzard shad. The timing of this treatment is unknown, but will likely be years in the future, depending on the status of bluegill and largemouth bass angling.(2016)

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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.