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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 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

For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Channel Catfish - Good: The best bite will be after dark but some fish will bite throughout the day. Target edges of reeds or rocks with Sonny's or similar bait. Other spots include the Ventura jetty's, state dock area on north shore, the outlet, the city seawall, or farmers beach.
Walleye - Fair: Boat anglers are trolling with crankbaits and picking up some walleyes. Shore fishing is slow but wader fisherman may pull some in along the edges of reeds either off farmers beach or MacIntosh Point. Try fishing after dark.
Crappie - Slow: Some crappies have been taken off of the rock reefs (state reef).
Largemouth Bass - Fair: An occasional largemouth near the edge's of the reeds, rocks, or lily pads on the little lake.
Muskellunge - Fair:
Yellow Bass - Good: Some anglers catching yellows in about 6.5-10' off the northshore between the island and fisherman's reef or state reef. Some anglers are also doing ok near the edges of the reeds in the little lake.
Bluegill - Slow: Anglers fishing the canals have been having some luck.

Fishing Forecast

Shortly after ice out walleye and yellow bass angling should take off. The walleye size range will be 14 - 17 inches for most legal fish caught. Occasionally, anglers will catch larger fish up to 28 inches. The yellow bass size in 2014 will be 7.5 to 8.5 inches. These fish can be caught in shallow water through Memorial Weekend. During the summer, channel catfish angling is good. Yellow bass consistantly hit into the fall. (2014)

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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.