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

McIntosh Woods State Park
Clear Lake 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 information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Black Crappie - Fair: The best crappie bite is at first light.
Ice thickness is 18-20 inches on most of the little lake and 17-19 inches on the main lake. With warmer weather the next several days the accesses are continuously changing, be cautious of ice heaves any areas near vegetation and near the aeration systems. The best bite is still early morning and around 4:00pm to dark. Bluegills and crappies are being caught fishing near the rushes by the west aeration system. Yellows are still biting in 8 to 10 feet of water but to be successful your going to h
Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are hitting jigs tipped with minnows or jigging raps. Most are under 14 inches but a few keeps are being caught.
Yellow Bass - Good: Yellows are biting wax worms and spikes fished near the bottom in 8-10 feet of water. Try near farmers beach area.
Yellow Perch - Fair:
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  • annual 2015 - 14,031 Walleye (7")
  • annual 2015 - 22,290 Walleye (8")
  • 05/18/2015 - 10,000 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 05/13/2015 - 600 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/29/2015 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 9,509 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 18,007 Walleye (8")
  • 09/25/2014 - 18,019 Walleye (6")
  • 06/03/2014 - 10,909 Northern Pike (2-3")
  • 05/08/2014 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 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)
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:
Coming off an excellent walleye harvest in 2015, the 2016 opportunities should remain good, but will likely not compare to 2015. The 2010 year-class provided the bulk of the harvest in 2015 and will likely not be as strong. The 2014 year-class is strong, but will not reach legal size until 2017. Yellow bass angling should continue with good success. The size structure has improved. Spring angling should be good for yellows. Crappie continue to be a species with improved angling opportunities. Multiple year-classes are in the population and spring angling in the canals and rush beds will be productive. Muskellunge anglers should have good opportunities in 2016.(2016)

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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.