Ankeny Lake (DMACC)

General Information

County: Polk
Location: Ankeny, DMACC Campus
Acres: 14.00
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (1984)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Big Creek State Park


Amenities at Ankeny Lake (DMACC) include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Community Fishing Location
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  • 09/28/2015 - 200 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/26/2013 - 152 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/13/2011 - 130 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 01/29/2011 - 1,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 11/18/2010 - 1,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2009 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/18/2009 - 204 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • winter 2008 - 1,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
DMACC Lake can offer some quality urban fishing opportunities. Spring 2017 sampling showed bluegills averaging near 7 inches. Black crappies are present in fair numbers and are averaging around 9 inches. Largemouth bass are the highlight of the fishery. Bass are abundant and sampled at sizes from 9 to 18.5 inches. Larger individuals are likely present. Channel catfish were not targeted in the 2017 survey, but a fishable population exists.(2017)


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.