Lake Anita

General Information

County: Cass
Location: 1/2 mile 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
Black Crappie - Good: Crappies are close to shore around the jetties and under water reefs. Fish will average 9 inches.
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are just coming in to shore. Cast to shore and move often to find spawning fish.
Lake Anita will provide good fishing this year. Anglers will find a large crappie population in the lake averaging 9 inches and bluegills up to 9.5 inches. The pontoon area is a hotspot for crappie this time of the year.
The good panfishing slowed a bit the week with cool temperatures. Anglers are still finding male crappies guarding nests and bluegills close to shore. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass anglers are finding fish close to structure with plastics during the day. Fish are all sizes.
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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 2017, Lake Anita anglers can expect to find a moderate supply of bluegills (8 to 9 inches) and largemouth bass up to 20-inches. The 2016 fish surveys indicate an abundant year class of 8.5 to 9.5 inch crappies in the lake that will improve the crappie fishing in 2017. Largemouth bass in the 13 to 15 inch ranged were common in last summers survey. Iowa DNR fisheries personnel made the decision to end channel catfish maintenance stockings. Several factors led to this decision including; poor survival of stocked fish, high largemouth bass density, and difficult access for anglers because of abundant shoreline vegetation. Lake Anita is one of the better overall fishing lakes in SW Iowa and 2017 is expected to be a better year given the increased number of crappies.(2017)

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.