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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

Amenities

Amenities at Clear Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Expanding open water near from city beach south along shore and a large section of open water from Dodge's Point to Venetian Village to northshore pumphouse. Ice is unsafe and unfishable.
Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Crappie - No Report:
Walleye - Slow: There have been a few waders but no fish yet. Warmer weather should get some fish biting.
Channel Catfish - Slow:
Lakes and rivers in north central iowa are ice-free. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Crappie - No Report:
Ice is out. Docks are in at Lynne Lorenson in Ventura, McIntosh State Park, and the ramp at the Island.
Channel Catfish - Slow:
Walleye - Slow: There have been a few waders but no fish yet. Warmer weather should get some fish biting.

Fishing Forecast

Walleye angling should be good this season. Walleye move onto spawning habitat in April and male fish become agressive. The typical size of harvested fish will be between 14 and 20 inches. The walleye bite stays consistent through the middle part of June. Yellow bass are abundant, but the size has declined. In 2014 the average size yellow bass harvested was 8 inches. In 2015 that should increase to 8.5-9 inches. May is usually a good month to target spawning yellow bass. Muskellunge angling is gaining popularity, especially during the summer and fall months. Quality sized channel catfish should hit shortly after ice-out and during the warm summer months. Crappie, yellow perch, and bluegill are becoming more abundant, but still are minor contributors to the angler's catch. (2015)


Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 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)
  • 10/09/2006 - 20,081 Walleye (9.8")
  • 09/27/2006 - 18,430 Walleye (5.5")
  • 09/07/2006 - 9,309 Channel Catfish (6.8")
  • 05/08/2006 - 192 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 04/24/2006 - 32,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/17/2005 - 25,278 Walleye (9.4")
  • 09/20/2005 - 7,000 Channel Catfish (6.7")
  • 05/12/2005 - 408 Muskellunge (13.0")
  • 05/04/2005 - 18,126 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 04/20/2005 - 16,030,143 Walleye (Fry)

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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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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