Backbone Lake

General Information

County: Delaware
Location: 4m SW Strawberry Point
Acres: 80.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Backbone Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
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  • 09/14/2011 - 721 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 09/21/2009 - 612 Channel Catfish (8.4")
  • 09/25/2007 - 720 Channel Catfish (9.0")
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
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-inch minimum
    • Other:
Backbone Lake is an impoundment of the Maquoketa River that is challenged by a large watershed area to lake area ratio that causes water quality and sediment problems. The upstream end of the impoundment has limited access and provides opportunity for crappie, largemouth bass, and trout. The downstream portion of the impoundment is more degraded in terms of habitat quality and provides easier access and opportunity to catch small bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and white sucker. (2014)


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.