Don Williams Lake

General Information

County: Boone
Location: 5 miles north of Ogden
Acres: 151.00
Maximum Depth: 41.9 ft. (2003 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program. (Soundings provided by USGS))
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Don Williams Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.
Black Crappie - Good: Good numbers of crappies are being caught trolling twister tail or tube jigs in the upper half of the lake, mostly from the boat ramp to 100 yards up from the beach. Many are young fish just under 8 inches with some bigger ones mixed in.
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  • 9/8/2017 - 995 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 6/8/2017 - 3,219 Walleye (1.6")
  • 09/21/2015 - 1,002 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 06/05/2014 - 4,397 Walleye (2")
  • 10/01/2013 - 1,775 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 06/11/2013 - 4,617 Walleye (1.7")
  • 04/20/2012 - 500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/13/2011 - 881 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/16/2009 - 1,785 Channel Catfish (7.9")
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.
  • 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:
  • 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
Surveys in 2017 found largemouth bass present at all sizes from 10- to 17-inches. The two main groups are 11- to 13-inches and 16-to 17-inches. Bass larger than 17 inches were observed, but not captured during the survey. The larger bluegills are 6.5- to 7.5-inches. Anglers have been enjoying a large population of black crappies. The group of larger crappies averaging 9 inches are still present in fair numbers, but have started to decline. There is a very large year class coming up that were 5.5- to 6.5-inches by late summer 2017. Fair to good crappie fishing should continue. Channel catfish were not targeted in 2017 surveys, but good numbers of 10- to 30-inch channel catfish are available. A small walleye population does exist providing an occasional catch. Walleyes surveyed in 2017 ranged in size from 9.5- to 18.5-inches.(2017)

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.