Clear Lake

General Information

County: Cerro Gordo
Location: south edge of Clear Lake
Acres: 3684.00
Maximum Depth: 19.2 ft. (2000)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Clear Lake State Park
McIntosh Woods State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Clear Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Crappie - Good: Crappie have been caught mixed in with some of the yellow bass catches in 8-12 ft but the better locations would be in the deeper holes 15-24 ft early morning (7-9 AM) or evening (3-8 PM). Some better catches on the little lake towards the south shoreline. The ice is thinner in that area though, maybe 12 inches.
Walleye - Fair: An occasional walleye being caught near the aerator or west to babtist camp. Anglers that are targeting walleyes are using jigging spoons, small lipless cranks, or 1/8 oz jigs with minnows.
Yellow Bass - Good: Action is good if anglers move often if they are not catching fish; anglers doing the best are fishing 8-12 ft on the little lake and moving till they find schools. The flats in 8-10 ft of water out from the Lynne Lorenzen a ways have been good. Farmers beach 8-10 ft has been good. The bite near the aerator has been hit or miss with the increased angler activity possibly moving yellows around.
Clear Lake has about around 16-17 inches of ice on both the little lake and the main lake. There is a little bit of current flowing into the little lake from Ventura Marsh, so anglers should be aware of possible thin ice on the south side of the little lake.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Occasional larger perch (9.5-10 inches) have been caught on the little lake.
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  • 10/21/2013 - 17,113 Walleye (8.0")
  • 10/03/2013 - 31,296 Walleye (3.3")
  • 05/29/2013 - 20,098 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/16/2013 - 605 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 05/07/2013 - 16,600,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/23/2012 - 14,223 Walleye (7.6")
  • 09/17/2012 - 7,141 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/08/2012 - 15,608 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 05/07/2012 - 200 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 04/12/2012 - 8,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/10/2011 - 17,001 Walleye (8.3")
  • 06/28/2011 - 70,569 Walleye (2.7"-)
  • 05/18/2011 - 10,240 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 05/12/2011 - 560 Muskellunge (12.4")
  • 05/11/2011 - 1,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/26/2011 - 15,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/18/2010 - 18,002 Walleye (9.4")
  • 09/08/2010 - 8,800 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 07/02/2010 - 56,454 Walleye (2.2")
  • 05/18/2010 - 2,222 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/18/2010 - 10,132 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 04/28/2010 - 2,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/21/2010 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/13/2009 - 18,007 Walleye (9.2")
  • 10/07/2009 - 18,250 Walleye (4.5")
  • 06/24/2009 - 55,076 Walleye (2.0")
  • 05/13/2009 - 9,143 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 05/06/2009 - 600 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 05/05/2009 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/28/2008 - 17,986 Walleye (9.6")
  • 09/24/2008 - 18,123 Walleye (5.4")
  • 09/09/2008 - 11,282 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 05/07/2008 - 16,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/17/2007 - 20,913 Walleye (9.7")
  • 09/27/2007 - 37,034 Walleye (4.5")
  • 09/24/2007 - 9,805 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 05/16/2007 - 600 Muskellunge (13.2")
  • 05/01/2007 - 15,900,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/09/2006 - 20,081 Walleye (9.8")
  • 09/27/2006 - 18,430 Walleye (5.5")
  • 09/07/2006 - 9,309 Channel Catfish (6.8")
  • 05/08/2006 - 192 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 04/24/2006 - 32,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bigmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • 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
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Flathead 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
  • Green sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other: except for West Okoboji, East Okoboji, and Spirit Lakes (Dickinson County)
  • 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
  • Pumpkinseed
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 14-inch minimum length limit
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day
  • 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
  • White Sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • 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:
Walleye angling should be good this season. Walleye move onto spawning habitat in April and male fish become agressive. The typical size of harvested fish will be between 14 and 20 inches. The walleye bite stays consistent through the middle part of June. Yellow bass are abundant, but the size has declined. In 2014 the average size yellow bass harvested was 8 inches. In 2015 that should increase to 8.5-9 inches. May is usually a good month to target spawning yellow bass. Muskellunge angling is gaining popularity, especially during the summer and fall months. Quality sized channel catfish should hit shortly after ice-out and during the warm summer months. Crappie, yellow perch, and bluegill are becoming more abundant, but still are minor contributors to the angler's catch. (2015)

Contacts

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