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 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
Interior river levels continue to fall and are in excellent condition. Anglers are reporting good to excellent catches of walleye and smallmouth bass once again on the interior rivers. Recent surveys on the Wapsipinicon River in Buchanan County have found good numbers of quality size northern pike. Trout streams remain in excellent in the Manchester District, for further information call the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Reports are that anglers have been catching largemouth bass and channel catfish in Casey Lake.
Channel Catfish - Good: Try fishing from the beach and west. Fish with bait on the bottom of the lake using chicken livers. Numerous 3-10 lbs. cats have been taken recently. Afternoon through the early evening hrs. has been best.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting crankbaits, spinner baits or top water baits for some good largemouth bass action.
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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")
  • 09/05/2006 - 1,200 Channel Catfish (7.0")
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)


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

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