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Saylorville Reservoir

General Information

County: Polk
Location: North edge of Des Moines
Acres: 5950.00
Maximum Depth: 44 ft. (1987 - 836 MSL)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Amenities

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

Fishing Report

Good fall crappie fishing is occurring in central Iowa lakes. Water temps are in the low 50's. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Walleye - Fair: Anglers casting crankbaits below the Big Creek spillway are catching an occasional walleye with the white bass. Boat anglers trolling crankbaits or live bait rigs near Sandpiper beach and along the face of the dam are also getting into a few walleye.

Fishing Forecast

Fall gill netting in 2013 found white bass present in good numbers. There were two distinct size groups. The most abundant was a younger group from 6 to 8.5 inches and the second group was 10 to 14 inches. White bass up to 16.5 inches were sampled. Wipers were sampled up to 29 inches in length. Crappies are not sampled in big numbers with gill nets, but black crappie were caught up to 12 inches and white crappie up to 11 inches. Walleye were caught up to 20 inches with a large year class in the 9 to 11 inch range. Many of these fish should be 15 inches or better by late summer 2014. Channel catfish are consistently found in good numbers and good size. Sizes in 2013 ranged from 13 to over 30 inches.(2013)


Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 08/08/2013 - 9,820 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.6")
  • 07/01/2013 - 124,031 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.9")
  • 06/27/2013 - 20,000 Largemouth Bass (1.5")
  • 06/07/2013 - 75,891 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/31/2013 - 94,843 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 05/24/2013 - 150,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 05/02/2013 - 1,000,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 06/21/2012 - 83,505 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 05/31/2012 - 20,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 05/14/2012 - 5,700,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/14/2012 - 3,850,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 05/11/2012 - 3,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/08/2012 - 63,220 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 06/24/2011 - 20,000 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 06/23/2011 - 49,335 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.8")
  • 05/23/2011 - 100,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 05/23/2011 - 1,000,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 05/20/2011 - 63,066 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 05/12/2011 - 7,762,625 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/08/2011 - 137,308 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 06/24/2010 - 10,000 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 06/22/2010 - 126,342 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (3")
  • 05/20/2010 - 63,064 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/13/2010 - 1,000,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 04/25/2010 - 7,326,751 Walleye (Fry)
  • 07/27/2009 - 11,650 Largemouth Bass (2.5")
  • 06/18/2009 - 20,297 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.5")
  • 05/20/2009 - 100,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 05/20/2009 - 1,500,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 05/08/2009 - 63,126 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/04/2009 - 7,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/18/2008 - 134,775 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.8")
  • 06/10/2008 - 65,560 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/14/2008 - 1,000,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 05/12/2008 - 12,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/09/2008 - 73,316 Northern Pike (2.4")
  • 04/17/2008 - 150,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 07/02/2007 - 40,128 Walleye (4.0")
  • 06/20/2007 - 82,273 Walleye (2.2")
  • 06/15/2007 - 25,000 Largemouth Bass (1.1")
  • 04/30/2007 - 4,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/05/2007 - 85,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • April 2006 - 50,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 06/28/2006 - 50,000 Largemouth Bass (1.4")
  • 06/21/2006 - 42,152 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 06/16/2006 - 31,705 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.9")
  • 05/11/2006 - 800,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 04/25/2006 - 7,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/27/2005 - 10,000 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 06/24/2005 - 59,742 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 05/23/2005 - 2,000 Walleye (7")
  • 05/12/2005 - 1,000,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 04/21/2005 - 7,016,700 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/14/2005 - 80,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 10/20/2004 - 14,474 Walleye (8")
  • 07/02/2004 - 7,000 Largemouth Bass (1")
  • 06/29/2004 - 130,650 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 06/24/2004 - 15,147 Walleye (2.5")
  • 06/18/2004 - 10,002 Walleye (2")
  • 05/07/2004 - 500,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 04/25/2004 - 6,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/08/2004 - 75,000 Northern Pike (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:
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Flathead Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Gizzard shad
    • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • 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:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • 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

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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.

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