Big Sioux Recreation Area

General Information

County: Sioux
Location:
Acres: 65.00
Maximum Depth: 15 ft. (2004 - Information from Sioux County Conservation Board.)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Big Sioux Recreation Area include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
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  • 10/11/2013 - 590 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 05/23/2013 - 2,501 Channel Catfish (5.0")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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:
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Largemouth bass anglers will find excellent opportunities to catch angler acceptable size and larger fish; anglers are reminded to practice catch and release of this important predator fish. Bluegill anglers will find good opportunities at Big Sioux Recreation Area during the 2014 fishing season. Early season (May - June, 2014) will produce a catch dominated by angler acceptable size and larger bluegill common within the catch. Continued good growth of the bluegill population should produce good numbers of quality 6- to 7.9- inch fish and preferred (> 8-inches) sized fish for the fall (2014) and winter seasons. Anglers will continue to notice the influx of pan-sized and larger channel catfish, as good numbers of these stocked fish are available for the upcoming 2014 season. Continued good growth and the apparent success of recent stocking will sustain this fishery in Big Sioux Recreational Area for several years to come. Black crappie caught will be an occasional event; however, anglers will note the large year class of small fish currently at 6-inches in the Big Sioux Recreational Area. Continued good growth of this year class will provide an upswing to the fishery during the spring 2016 fishing season as fish approaching 10-inches will be available to the angler. (2013)

Contacts

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.