Crappie Distribution




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Present in these Iowa water bodies:
Lake/Stream County Location Acres/Length
Pool 19, Mississippi River Lee Amenities listed are at City of Ft. Madison boat ramp. Amenities vary by location in Pool 19 33500.00
Pool 18, Mississippi River Louisa Amenities listed are for the Toolsboro Ramp. The ramp at Toolsboro is paved but the road to the ramp is gravel. There is some shore fishing along the parking area and at the outlet of Lake Odessa. Amenities vary by location in pool 18 13300.00
Pool 16, Mississippi River Scott The amenities list are for Buffalo Shores campground in Buffalo, Iowa. Amenities at other locations in Pool 16 vary by location. 13000.00
Pool 17, Mississippi River Muscatine Amenities list for Muscatine City Ramp. This ramp is located in downtown Muscatine. Amenities vary by location in Pool 17. 7580.00
Big Creek Lake Polk 2 miles north of Polk City 814.00
Chain-O-Lakes Area Linn 2 miles East of Palo 700.00
Rock Creek Lake Jasper 4 miles northeast of Kellogg 466.20
Lost Grove Lake Scott Six miles east of Eldridge 400.00
Roberts Creek Lake Marion 6 miles northeast of Knoxville 288.00
Blue Lake Monona 3 miles west of Onawa 269.00
Muskrat Slough Jones 3 miles West of Olin 245.00
Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park) Polk southwest of West Des Moines; Raccoon River Park 232.00
Nashua Impoundment (Cedar Lake) Chickasaw Located on the east edge of Nashua. 200.00
Dale Maffitt Reservoir Polk 6m SW Des Moines 200.00
Easter Lake Polk southeast edge of Des Moines 179.10
Norwegian Lake Clayton 130.00
Hickory Grove Lake Story 3 miles southwest of Colo 100.30
Five in One Dam Linn On Cedar River under I-380 in Cedar Rapids 90.00
Turkey River (above Clermont) Fayette This section of river includes the headwaters in Howard county and flows through Winneshiek and Fayette Counties. A popular access is at Vernon Springs Park just 2.5 miles southwest of Cresco. 89.00
Cedar Lake Linn 84.00
Wapsipinicon River (Tripoli to Troy Mills) Buchanan Most angling occurs below Sweet Marsh Reservoir or Highway 3 and south to Troy Mills. 73.00
Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux) Harrison Chris Larsen Park: 1280 Larsen Park Road/Sioux City, IA. Located on the Sioux City riverfront along the Missouri River. Larsen Park offers 110 acres on the Sioux City Riverfront. Managed by the City of Sioux City. 64.00
Cedar River (above Nashua) Floyd This stretch is found in Chickasaw, Floyd, and Mitchell County. A popular multi-use location is the Charles City Whitewater Park in downtown Charles City on Hwy 14. 63.00
Missouri River (Council Bluffs to state line) Fremont Lake Manawa State Park: 1100 South Shore Drive/Council Bluffs, IA 51501 phone: 712-366-0220. Managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Lake Manawa State Park has boat ramps on the Missouri River within the park. 61.00
Shell Rock River (above Greene) Floyd Located in Worth, Cerro Gordo, and Floyd Counties. A popular access point is Wilkinson Pioneer Park located at the end of CR B20 in Rock Falls. This park is the start of the Shellrock River Greenbelt and Preserve featuring 7.5 mi. of scenic bluffs. 58.00
Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake) Polk The Highway 30 Access is in the middle of this river section and is located 3 miles west of Boone on the north side of Highway 30. 57.00
Little Sioux River (Correctionville to Missouri R) Harrison Little Sioux Park, 2 miles SW of Correctionville, Woodberry County Conservation Board 57.00
Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs) Pottawattamie Wilson Island State Recreation Area: 32801 Campground Lane/Missouri Valley, IA 51555 phone-712-642-2069. Managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wilson Island Recreation Area has 544 acres along the Missouri River near Missouri Valley Iowa. 53.00
Des Moines River (Saylorville to Red Rock) Marion A mid-section access point for this stretch of river is at the Pleasant Hill Boat Ramp. This ramp is located on SE Vandalia Drive immediately east of Highway 65. 50.00
Dudgeon Lake Benton 2 miles North of Vinton. 45.00
Gateway Park South Iowa On the North edge of Marengo 44.00
Lidtke Impoundment Howard This impoundment is adjacent to Lidtke Mill and located on the Upper Iowa River just north of Lime Springs. 43.40
Copper Creek Polk North side of University Ave. in Pleasant Hill along Four Mile Creek. 42.50
Cherry Lake Tama On the Southwest edge of Tama 40.00
Vernon Springs Impoundment Howard Located 2.5 miles southwest of Cresco. 39.40
Beaver Lake Dallas 1 1/2 miles north of Dexter 34.00
Hooper Area Pond Warren 6 miles southwest of Indianola 33.80
Petersons Pit, West Story 4 miles northeast of Ames 33.00
Chariton River (below Rathbun Lake) Appanoose This stretch runs from the outlet of Lake Rathbun to the state line. Ramps are located in Outlet Park below Lake Rathbun and Sharon Bluffs access. Amenities listed are for the ramp at Outlet Park. 31.00
Nishna Bend R.A. Ponds Shelby 4 miles south of Harlan 30.00
Manhattan Robbins Lake Park Linn On the Cedar River in Northwest Cedar Rapids 28.00
Jay Carlson Pit (west) Boone 3 miles west of Boone 25.60
Atlantic Quarry Pond 4 Cass 25.00
Banner Lake (south) Warren 4 1/2 miles north of Indianola 24.00
Lake Oelwein Fayette Located on the south edge of Oelwein. 23.00
Bartlett Lake Fremont ½ mile west of Bartlett 22.00
Deppe Pond (north) Jasper 4 miles NE of Kellogg. 22.00
Murphy Lake Linn 1 mile Northwest of Bertram on the West side of Highway 13 20.00
Mariposa Lake Jasper 5 miles northeast of Newton 17.90
Banner Lake (north) Warren 4 1/2 miles north of Indianola 16.00
Ankeny Lake (DMACC) Polk Ankeny, DMACC Campus 14.00
Fort Des Moines Pond Polk 13.60
Snyder Pit Dallas 2 miles SW of Minburn. 10.40
Airport Lake Chickasaw Located 2 miles northwest of New Hampton. 9.00
Gilbertson Pond Fayette Located east of Elgin off of county highway B64. 7.00
Knoxville Pond Marion 1m SW Knoxville 7.00
Mystic Reservoir Appanoose North edge of Mystic 7.00
Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond) Pottawattamie North 25th street exit off interstate 29. Nash Blvd to Big Lake Road. Northeast Council Bluffs. 5.00
Cedar Valley Park Quarries Cedar 7.5 miles Southwest of Tipton 5.00
Groesbeck W.A. Lake Union 4.00
Liberty Centre Pond Johnson One block west off Hwy 965 on Cherry Street 4.00
DMACC West Campus Pond Polk 1 mile west of I-35 and Grand Avenue interchange in West Des Moines. 3.60
Ottumwa Park Pond North Wapello Inside Ottumwa city limits off Wapello Street 3.00
Institutional Pond (aka Peter Pan Lake) Mills South edge of Glenwood. 3.00
Fossil Park Pond Floyd Located 1 mile west of Rockford on County Road B47. 2.00
Witmer Park Pond Polk 1.20