Center Lake

General Information

County: Dickinson
Location: 2 miles west, 1/2 miles south of Spirit Lake
Acres: 220.00
Maximum Depth: 17.9 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Lower Gar State Recreation Area
Mini-Wakan State Park
Gull Point State Park
Gull Point State Park
Marble Beach State Recreation Area
Emerson Bay State Recreation Area
Elinor Bedell State Park
Pikes Point State Park
Templar State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at Center Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
The fishing has seemed to be slowing down due to high pressure fronts throughout the area. Hopefully this warm consistent weather for the weekend will cause the fish to be more active throughout this next week. As always take caution when venturing out on the ice as there may be some weaker areas. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Aerators are currently in use on Center Lake so avoid areas with open water. Thin ice signs are out, stay outside of the signed in areas.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 10/13/2015 - 6,075 Walleye (6")
  • 10/01/2014 - 4,014 Walleye (6")
  • 09/25/2012 - 1,630 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/23/2011 - 12,075 Walleye (4.0")
  • 05/20/2011 - 1,386 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 09/27/2010 - 6,044 Walleye (5.1")
  • 07/06/2010 - 10,845 Walleye (2.4")
  • 09/28/2009 - 6,036 Walleye (4.4"-)
  • 10/08/2008 - 2,674 Walleye (5.4")
  • 09/16/2008 - 1,630 Channel Catfish (7.7")
  • 05/12/2008 - 3,317 Northern Pike (2.3")
  • 08/14/2007 - 9,326 Walleye (5.2")
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: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-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:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
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 2016 season. Continued good growth and the apparent success of recent stocking will sustain this fishery in Center Lake for several years to come. Anglers will note the influx of small angler acceptable size panfish, comprised of black crappie and bluegill in the catch. Continued good growth during the 2016 season will provide an upswing for the panfish anglers that will carry the fishery through the next two seasons. (2016)

Contacts

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.