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
Casey Lake is in good condition with clear water. Reports are that largemouth bass and bluegill fishing has been fair.
The recent wet weather may provide a great opportunity to gather up bow hunting gear for the upcoming weekend! The only report this week is for Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park. Heavy rains and flooding is occurring on all cold and warm water streams and rivers. For further angling information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Bluegill - Good: Try fishing various depths with a piece of crawler under a bobber near the edge of weeds or structure.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been successful in catching bass using topwater and plastic artificial baits.
Black Crappie - Good: The jetties and dam areas have been the best for crappie. Small pink and white tube jigs or a crappie minnow fished under a slip bobber has been the most successful. Anglers have been targeting about four foot of water depth for the best success.
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  • 9/6/2017 - 1,033 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 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")
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 bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish populations. It has been a consistent producer of quality-sized bluegills for many years with fish up to 8- inches or greater. 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 grow slowly to larger sizes. 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 fish caught are usually large. Channel catfish are stocked biannually in Casey Lake and do very well. Growth to larger sizes is excellent for channel catfish, and 6-8 pound fish are frequently caught.(2014)


Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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