Lake Anita

General Information

County: Cass
Location: 1/2 miles south of Anita
Acres: 159.00
Maximum Depth: 33.2 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Lake Anita State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Anita include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Bluegill - Fair: The larger size bluegills have been caught in the pontoon arm of the lake. The north road bed has been good in the afternoon.
Black Crappie - Fair: Black crappie are hitting small spoons and jigs with wax worms. Fish will average 9 inches. The best bite has been the first hour of daylight.
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  • 09/08/2015 - 2,277 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/17/2013 - 4,512 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/07/2011 - 2,225 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/21/2009 - 1,892 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 05/29/2007 - 2,000 Channel Catfish (5.9")
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:
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
  • 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:
In 2016, Lake Anita anglers can expect to find a moderate supply of bluegills (8 to 9 inches) and largemouth bass up to 20-inches. The 2015 fish surveys indicate an abundant year class of 7 to 8 inch crappies in the lake that will improve the crappie fishing in 2016. Largemouth bass in the 13 to 15 inch ranged were common in last summers survey. Channel catfish maintenance stockings are done every other year to make catfish available to anglers. The catfish population is down from what it has been. Lake Anita is one of the better overall fishing lakes in SW Iowa and 2016 is expected to be a better year given the increased number of crappies. (2016)

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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.