Big Hollow Lake

General Information

County: Des Moines
Location: 3 miles west of Sperry
Acres: 178.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Big Hollow Lake include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.
The rain and cool night time temps have pushed the fish back out a little ways to deeper water 4-5 foot deep.
Bluegill - Good: The bluegills are in shallow feeding on insects. I would start looking for them in the bays on the north side of the lake and the islands where the sun can get the water a little warmer.
Black Crappie - Good: You can catch crappies out in about 4 foot of water around the trees. When it warms back up expect them to head right back in shallow.
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  • Sep 24 2014 12:00AM - 2,496 Channel Catfish (8")
  • May 19 2014 12:00AM - 178 Muskellunge (10.5")
  • 09/10/2012 - 3,563 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 05/07/2012 - 178 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 09/07/2010 - 3,500 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/18/2010 - 17,500 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
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
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 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:
  • 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:
A stocking request was submitted to the IDNR hatcheries for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. The order will be filled in 2009. Additionally, adult black crappie and redear sunfish will be collected from lakes in the area and stocked in Big Hollow Lake following the establishment of the aforementioned species.(2008)

Contacts

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.