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 have dropped to the upper 70's. Catfish and bluegill fishing is fair to good. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing is good in 2-5 feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with live bait, small piece of crawler, or wax worms fished below a bobber.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish stink bait, leeches, and worms on the bottom. A recent netting survey showed that catfish are up to 23 inches and 5 lbs in Black Hawk Lake.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Top water and weedless baits are picking up a few bass. Anglers are also having luck fishing plastic worms near cover and drop offs. There is a 15-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass on Black Hawk Lake.
Walleye - Slow: Try fishing the shore off Ice House Point, the dredge cut out from Denison Beach, and the rock piles near Gunshot Hill and in the east basin of the lake.
Water level is about 6 inches over the crest of the spillway.
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  • Oct 26 2015 12:00AM - 7,617 Walleye (8")
  • May 15 2015 12:00AM - 60 Black Crappie (Adult)
  • May 12 2015 12:00AM - 411 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • Apr 27 2015 12:00AM - 2,300,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • Sep 10 2014 12:00AM - 4,596 Channel Catfish (8")
  • Oct 7 2014 12:00AM - 7,602 Walleye (8")
  • May 9 2014 12:00AM - 2,300,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • May 7 2014 12:00AM - 17,304 Yellow Perch (2"-7")
  • May 5 2014 12:00AM - 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:

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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