Black Hawk Pits

General Information

County: Sac
Location: 1 1/2 miles south of Lake View
Acres: 22.00
Maximum Depth: 21 ft. (1989)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Black Hawk State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Black Hawk Pits include:
  • Boat Access
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Most lakes in the district are covered with anywhere from 8 to 15 inches of ice. Anglers are always reminded to use caution and test ice depths frequently. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
Ice is around 8 inches, but more variable along shore in some areas so use caution. Anglers have had luck targeting bluegill with a waxworm or small minnow on a jig during afternoon to evening. Fish near contour and structure in 5-10 feet of water.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 09/19/2012 - 400 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 05/07/2012 - 1,038 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/17/2011 - 1,038 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 09/15/2010 - 320 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 05/17/2010 - 1,023 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/12/2009 - 2,048 Northern Pike (2.8")
  • 09/11/2008 - 400 Channel Catfish (7.3")
  • 05/08/2008 - 1,688 Northern Pike (2.3")
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:
  • 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:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Anglers experienced good fishing for bluegill, crappie, and yellow perch last winter and throughout much of the open water season. Anglers should expect good panfishing again next year. There are lots of shallow, submerged islands and sand bars that anglers should look for when targeting panfish on the nests. Black Hawk Pits has a lot of habitat diversity for a gravel pit so move around a lot to find fish. Channel catfish and largemouth bass are also plentiful.(2017)

Contacts

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.