Brushy Creek Lake

General Information

County: Webster
Location: 5 miles east of Lehigh
Acres: 690.00
Maximum Depth: 75 ft. (1998)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Dolliver Memorial State Park
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at Brushy Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
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 12 inches on the north end of the lake and some areas of 8 inch ice at the south end. Ice conditions are more variable near shore with a few small areas of open water near inflows. Use caution and test ice thickness frequently when venturing out.
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been picking up bluegill with a small jig tipped with a waxworm. Anglers fishing the north end have been doing well.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are also being picked up using waxworms and minnows fished on a small jig.
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  • 10/13/2015 - 3,458 Walleye (8")
  • 05/11/2015 - 254 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/29/2015 - 1,496,978 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/25/2014 - 12,432 Walleye (6")
  • 09/15/2014 - 4,141 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 08/06/2014 - 8,837 Walleye (2-3")
  • 06/02/2014 - 21,004 Walleye (2")
  • 09/27/2013 - 12,425 Walleye (3.3")
  • 06/11/2013 - 21,128 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/14/2013 - 316 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 09/26/2012 - 11,571 Walleye (5.5")
  • 09/12/2012 - 4,140 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 07/11/2012 - 17,950 Walleye (3.3")
  • 05/07/2012 - 350 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 09/23/2011 - 12,452 Walleye (4.0")
  • 08/17/2011 - 21,199 Walleye (3.5")
  • 06/23/2011 - 21,337 Walleye (2.5")
  • 05/12/2011 - 329 Muskellunge (12.4")
  • 09/28/2010 - 12,823 Walleye (5.0")
  • 09/13/2010 - 3,318 Channel Catfish (9.4")
  • 06/29/2010 - 18,453 Walleye (2.2")
  • 10/07/2009 - 8,841 Walleye (4.5")
  • 06/03/2009 - 25,000 Walleye (1.9")
  • 05/08/2009 - 450 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 10/16/2008 - 2,850 Walleye (9.0")
  • 09/18/2008 - 10,002 Walleye (7.2")
  • 09/09/2008 - 4,140 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 05/27/2008 - 653 Muskellunge (13.5")
  • 05/14/2008 - 3,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/22/2007 - 2,886 Walleye (9.6")
  • 10/04/2007 - 10,022 Walleye (4.8")
  • 06/29/2007 - 19,929 Walleye (2.4")
  • 05/16/2007 - 350 Muskellunge (13.2")
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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Brushy Creek consistently produces good fishing for bluegill, crappie, walleye, largemouth bass, and muskie. Yellow perch are a bonus and good numbers can be caught at times. Brushy Creek is home to some very large walleye and many 40 inch plus muskie. Brushy Creek is deeper than most lakes in the region so expect it to lag behind other lakes when it comes to water temperatures warming and cooling. Also, because of its depth Brushy can thermally stratify so try to avoid fishing in areas deeper than 20 feet during the heat of the summer. Brushy Creek has more habitat that an angler can fish in a day. To maximize your chances look for areas where multiple habitat types intersect. For example, fish areas where you find a weed line running into standing timber next to a rocky point. (2017)

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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.