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
Water temperatures in Black Hawk District lakes are in the low 80's. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are mostly off shore now, but a few are being picked up by shore anglers along Ice House Point.
Bluegill - Fair: Pick up bluegill just about anywhere along the shoreline in 2-5 feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with live bait or a small piece of crawler fished below a bobber. Try off the floating fishing pier, the west stone pier, and the inlet bridge.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use cut bait, stink bait, and leeches fished on the bottom along shore. Try in the marina and near the floating dock in Town Bay. Catch fish up to 25 inches long.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Catch largemouth all over the lake using the traditional bass lures. Fishing Ice House Point and the lake side of the inlet bridge has provided good bass action for many anglers.
Surface water temperature is 83 degrees.
Walleye - Fair: Walleye continue to be picked up near rock piles. The rock pile off of Cottonwood point has been producing fish. Use leeches fished under a bobber, twisters, or crankbaits early morning and late evening.
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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")
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 were 14- to 18-inches, although some more than 20-inches were caught. 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 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 2017. Largemouth bass are plentiful in Black Hawk Lake and there are now a lot of fish that are 15+ inches. 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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