Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: 12 miles south of Waterloo
Acres: 37.00
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (2004 - Information from Black Hawk County Conservation Board.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Most anglers are having some success catching bluegill and crappie on most area Black Hawk County Lakes. Ice conditions remain good with most lakes averaging ten inches but continue to use extreme caution. Rivers and streams are generally in good condition, but are high for this time of year. Trout streams have receded with the recent rainfall and snow melt, for further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276.
Anglers continue to have good success catching bluegill in Casey Lake (a.k.a. Hickory Hills Park).
Bluegill - Fair:
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  • 09/30/2015 - 665 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/03/2013 - 1,032 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/09/2011 - 1,044 Channel Catfish (8.1")
  • 09/22/2009 - 777 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 09/04/2007 - 972 Channel Catfish (8.0")
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:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Casey Lake supports healthy populations of bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Casey Lake has been a consistent producer of quality-sized bluegills for many years with fish up to 8 inches or greater in size. Bluegill reproduction, recruitment and growth have been excellent over the years, due in part to the largemouth bass population. Largemouth bass reproduction is good but fish recruit slowly to larger size classes. Catch rates electrofishing usually average 100-125 fish/ hour, which is also reflective of a good bass population. Casey Lake has a small population of crappie, but the ones that do get caught are usually large. Channel catfish are stocked biannually in Casey Lake and do very well. Recruitment to larger sizes is excellent for channel catfish, and fish in the 6-8 pound range are frequently caught.(2014)

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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.