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Lake Anita

General Information

County: Cass
Location: 1/2 miles south of Anita
Acres: 159.00
Maximum Depth: 33.2 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Anita include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Anglers continue to catch crappie. Water temperatures have dropped below 60 degrees. For more information call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587
Anglers are casting around brush piles to catch panfish at Anita.
Black Crappie - Fair: Cast twister tails or small jigs around brush piles to catch crappies.
Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are picking up 9 plus inch fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with powerbait.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass.

Fishing Forecast

In 2014, Lake Anita anglers can expect to find a moderate supply of bluegills (8 to 9 inches), largemouth bass up to 20-inches, and 9 and 10 inch black crappie. Largemouth bass in the 13 to 15 inch ranged were common in last summers survey. Quality size bluegills and crappies make Lake Anita a good all around fishery. Channel catfish maintenance stockings are done every other year to make catfish available to anglers. The catfish population is down from what it has been. The fishery in Lake Anita is down from what it was a couple of years ago. (2014)


Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/17/2013 - 4,512 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/07/2011 - 2,225 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/21/2009 - 1,892 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 05/29/2007 - 2,000 Channel Catfish (5.9")
  • 09/26/2006 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (6.2")
  • 10/05/2005 - 3,200 Channel Catfish (6.6")
  • 06/15/2005 - 5,000 Largemouth Bass (1.7")
  • 07/01/2004 - 13,000 Largemouth Bass (1.8")
  • 05/25/2004 - 2,400 Channel Catfish (Cage)

Regulations

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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

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.

Lake Mini-report

Lake Reports Summary report information about selected (~130) lakes regarding water quality, upstream land use, usage, economic value and more. Reports are customizable by the user to include only that information which the user desires to include.

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.

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