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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

Amenities

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

Fishing Report

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean and unlittered. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.
Bluegill - Slow: Anglers should target the weedline and open pockets in the vegetation with a jig and a chunk of nightcrawler.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Target shorelines with submerged structure or rock. Try topwater lures along the weedline and use rubber worms or crawdad imitations in deeper water. Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits along the outer edge of the aquatic vegetation.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers should use nightcrawlers or chicken liver. Target coves around the main lake.

Fishing Forecast

Largemouth bass density is high and growth is moderate. Large numbers of largemouth bass in excess of 15 inches are present. Largemouth bass fishing at Lake Sugema is among some of the best in southern Iowa. Large numbers of sub-slot fish (less than 12 inches) are present and the angling public is encouraged to harvest these fish according to normal bag limits (three fish). Bluegill angling is excellent and fish in excess of 7 inches are most plentiful. Crappie numbers are lower and currently crappie year classes are relatively weak. Walleye numbers continue to grow and sampling in the fall of 2009 demonstrated that the most abundant walleye year classes are between 18 and 23 inches in length. Spring angling seems to be most successful for these fish.(2009)


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Regulations

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.

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