Blue Pit

General Information

County: Cerro Gordo
Location: southwest edge of Mason City
Acres: 15.00
Maximum Depth: 34 ft. (1992)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Blue Pit include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
There will be an Urban Trout Stocking at Blue Pit, Mason City on Wednesday, November 25 at approximately 11:00 AM. Blue Pit is located at S Pierce Avenue in Mason City. 1,000 to 2,000 Rainbow trout will be stocked. Anglers are reminded to have a 2015 fishing license (age 16 and older) and trout stamp.

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  • Winter 2013 - 4,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2012 - 3,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2011 - 2,900 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2010 - 2,900 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/08/2010 - 216 Channel Catfish (9.4")
  • winter 2009 - 6,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2008 - 6,267 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/10/2008 - 270 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • winter 2007 - 7,035 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2006 - 3,002 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/07/2006 - 336 Channel Catfish (6.8")
  • winter 2005 - 4,508 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/20/2005 - 420 Channel Catfish (6.7")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 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: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Rainbow Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
Trout were stocked in January and can be caught this winter and early spring.(2013)


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.