Crystal Lake

General Information

County: Hancock
Location: north edge of Crystal Lake
Acres: 264.00
Maximum Depth: 18.4 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Crystal Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
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  • 5/23/2017 - 1,330 Northern Pike (2.4")
  • spring 2016 - 4,410 Northern Pike (2.1")
  • fall 2016 - 1,580 Channel Catfish (9.3")
  • 7/22/16 - 3,519 Walleye (3.2")
  • 7/21/16 - 3,519 Walleye (3.2")
  • 10/5/16 - 2,731 Walleye (4.5")
  • 10/18/16 - 2,702 Largemouth Bass (4")
  • 11/03/2015 - 2,601 Walleye (8")
  • 10/22/2015 - 300 Largemouth Bass (11")
  • 10/13/2015 - 4,026 Walleye (6")
  • 10/01/2015 - 130,000 Bluegill (1.2")
  • 10/01/2015 - 2,304 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 05/18/2015 - 1,320 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 09/19/2014 - 822 Northern Pike (10")
  • 09/18/2014 - 1,645 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 07/31/2014 - 5,455 Walleye (2-3")
  • 06/03/2014 - 1,398 Northern Pike (2-3")
  • 07/17/2013 - 7,556 Walleye (2.4")
  • 05/29/2013 - 2,808 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 10/11/2012 - 243 Northern Pike (8.3")
  • 09/13/2012 - 1,580 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/08/2012 - 2,748 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 10/10/2011 - 8,350 Walleye (4.1")
  • 05/18/2011 - 1,490 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 04/12/2011 - 49,800 Bluegill (1.3")
  • 09/14/2010 - 1,264 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 06/23/2010 - 26,400 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/18/2010 - 1,357 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 10/07/2009 - 9,771 Walleye (4.5")
  • 09/30/2009 - 117,000 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 06/24/2009 - 26,400 Largemouth Bass (1.4")
  • 05/21/2009 - 28,000 Channel Catfish (3.6")
  • 05/13/2009 - 4,942 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 04/08/2009 - 149,000 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 04/03/2009 - 260,408 Northern Pike (Fry)
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: 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
  • 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:
The fishery has good opportunities for bluegill and crappie in the spring of 2017. The bluegill will require some sorting to get fish near 8 inches, but the numbers are strong. Crappie are averaging about 9 inches and will continue to grow into larger sizes by fall.(2017)

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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.