Dakins Lake

General Information

County: Story
Location: 2m NE Zearing
Acres: 20.00
Maximum Depth: 15 ft. (1977)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Dakins Lake include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
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  • 04/16/2014 - 10,000 Bluegill (2")
  • 09/13/2011 - 78 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/16/2009 - 85 Channel Catfish (7.9")
  • 09/20/2007 - 300 Channel Catfish (8.6")
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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Dakins Lake is stocked with bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and yellow perch. The fishery has developed well and is providing good fishing. Sampling in 2016 showed bluegills at all sizes with a good group of 7.5- to 8.5-inch fish. Black crappies range in size from 5- to 10.5-inches. Largemouth bass numbers are abundant with most fish surveyed in the 8- to 13-inch range with some up to 16-inches. Channel catfish have grown well since the original stocking and are 13- to 19-inches. Yellow perch were added during the summer of 2016 and should start to reach a respectable size by the end of summer 2017.(2016)

Contacts

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.