Deep Lakes

General Information

County: Muscatine
Location: Southern edge of Muscatine on Pettibone Avenue, East of Fruitland.
Acres: 130.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: electric trolling motors only.

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Deep Lakes include:
  • Accessible Pier
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.
Water temperature was 63 on Thursday (10/12). Water clarity was eight feet.
Bluegill - Slow: The bluegills are in the vegetation beds out in 4 to 5 foot of water hiding from the bass.
Black Crappie - Slow: The crappies are still out in deeper water around the brush piles.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass are cruising the outer edges of the weed beds out in 4 to 5 foot of water hunting bluegills.

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 9/20/16 - 1,821 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 5/9/16 - 50 Muskellunge (14.5")
  • 09/02/2015 - 53,157 Redear Sunfish (2")
  • 05/13/2015 - 100 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 09/15/2014 - 2,340 Channel Catfish (8")
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:
  • 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.
  • 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:

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.

Lake Mini-report

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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.