Copper Creek

General Information

County: Polk
Location: North side of University Ave. in Pleasant Hill along Four Mile Creek.
Acres: 42.50
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Copper Creek include:
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Community Fishing Location
No recent updates

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  • 9/13/2017 - 498 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 6/29/2017 - 225 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 09/28/2015 - 500 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/26/2013 - 351 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/08/2011 - 302 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 05/23/2011 - 75,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 09/18/2009 - 553 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 05/20/2009 - 100,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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:
Copper Creek provides a good urban fishing destination with healthy populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass. Fishery surveys in 2017 showed good bass numbers with sizes ranging from 8- to 17-inches. Fair numbers of bluegills were sampled over 7 inches with the largest at 8.5 inches. This is above average for similar surface mine lakes. Channel catfish were sampled at sizes from 13- to 29-inches. Crappies are present in the lake, but were sampled in low numbers. Based on angler reports, there is likely a little better crappie fishery than what the sampling showed. The originally stocked hybrid striped bass were 20- to 22-inches. A new round of fingerling hybrid striped bass were stocked in late spring 2017.(2017)


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

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.