Black Hawk Lake

General Information

County: Sac
Location: east edge of Lake View
Acres: 729.00
Maximum Depth: 15.1 ft. (2006 - Mapped in 2006 as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Black Hawk State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Black Hawk Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill can be caught anywhere, but the best luck may be had in areas such as Town Bay, the floating dock, near the inlet bridge, and the outlet. Use a small hook tipped with a worm suspended from a bobber fished about 2 feet deep near shore.
Water level is about 4 inches over the crest of the spillway.
Water temperatures in the Black Hawk District are in the mid 40's. River fishing for walleye has recently been productive. Some small water bodies and marshes have skim ice. As the open water season comes to an end and ice fishing begins, more reports will become available as we receive them. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
Walleye - Fair: Some have been picked up along Ice House Point using twisters.
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  • 10/26/2015 - 7,617 Walleye (8")
  • 05/15/2015 - 60 Black Crappie (Adult)
  • 05/12/2015 - 411 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/27/2015 - 2,300,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/07/2014 - 7,602 Walleye (8")
  • 09/10/2014 - 4,596 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 05/09/2014 - 2,300,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/07/2014 - 17,304 Yellow Perch (2"-7")
  • 05/05/2014 - 100 Black Crappie (Adult)
  • 09/23/2013 - 5,105 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 07/05/2013 - 155,342 Yellow Perch (2")
  • 07/03/2013 - 25,000 Yellow Perch (2")
  • 06/27/2013 - 36,800 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/16/2013 - 3,472 Largemouth Bass (5.1")
  • 05/16/2013 - 400 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 05/07/2013 - 2,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/19/2013 - 300,000 Bluegill (2")
  • 07/11/2012 - 25,173 Walleye (3.3")
  • 05/10/2012 - 6,034 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 10/19/2011 - 3,611 Walleye (8.3")
  • 10/14/2011 - 47,000 Yellow Perch (3.0")
  • 08/16/2011 - 25,269 Walleye (3.5")
  • 06/23/2011 - 25,165 Walleye (2.5")
  • 10/26/2010 - 4,626 Walleye (10.0")
  • 09/15/2010 - 3,828 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/29/2010 - 25,329 Walleye (2.2")
  • 10/20/2009 - 4,603 Walleye (8.5")
  • 10/07/2009 - 13,660 Walleye (4.5")
  • 06/30/2009 - 25,168 Walleye (2.5")
  • 10/22/2008 - 3,990 Walleye (9.2")
  • 09/29/2008 - 20,195 Walleye (5.3")
  • 09/11/2008 - 5,920 Channel Catfish (7.3")
  • 07/07/2008 - 20,310 Walleye (2.3")
  • 11/07/2007 - 4,507 Walleye (9.7")
  • 10/04/2007 - 20,196 Walleye (4.9")
  • 09/27/2007 - 1,100 Channel Catfish (9.5")
  • 06/27/2007 - 18,498 Walleye (2.4")
  • 10/26/2006 - 2,016 Walleye (9.2")
  • 09/28/2006 - 23,931 Walleye (5.8")
  • 09/14/2006 - 5,320 Channel Catfish (7.0")
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
  • 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: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other: except for West Okoboji, East Okoboji, and Spirit Lakes (Dickinson County)
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: none
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Anglers experienced great walleye fishing through much of April, May and June in 2016. Most of the walleyes ranged from 14 to 18 inches, although some exceeding 20 inches were caught. Anglers should expect good walleye fishing in the spring of 2017. Bluegill and crappie fishing improved in the fall of 2016. There are large size classes of bluegill hovering around 8 inches and crappie ranging from 8 to 10 inches. These fish should put on more growth in 2017 and anglers should expect decent panfishing. The channel catfish population in Black Hawk Lake is strong, but anglers haven't put a lot of pressure on them. There are two large year classes of catfish with many fish exceeding 4 pounds. Target channel catfish shortly after ice out in 2107. Largemouth bass are plentiful in Black Hawk Lake and there are now a lot of fish that are 15"+. Bass can be caught just about anywhere around the lake. Anglers have struggled to catch decent numbers of yellow perch, but the ones that are caught are usually over ten inches. The muskie are growing in Black Hawk, with the oldest fish approaching the high 30 inch size range. It will likely be several years before there is a decent population of trophy size fish.(2017)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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