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
Crappie fishing will be the best bite in Central Iowa lakes through mid May. The return of warm weather should move crappies from pre-spawn closer to shore for the spawn. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Black Crappie - Good: Crappies can be found in high numbers in Don Williams this spring. Their sizes are not large yet, but with selection a decent bag can be caught. Most fish are not tight to shore spawning yet. Slowly troll or drift 1/8 ounce jigs with small white or chartreuse twister tails out from shore in 15-20ft of water. The crappie are suspended from 5 to 10ft down. As the water temperature climbs into the mid to upper 60's crappie will be more catchable near the shore using minnows under a bobber.
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  • Sep 21 2015 12:00AM - 1,002 Channel Catfish (8")
  • Jun 5 2014 12:00AM - 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")
  • 09/17/2007 - 2,297 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/25/2006 - 2,000 Channel Catfish (6.2")
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
The gamefish populations have recovered in numbers from their reductions as a result of the chemical treatment to remove gizzard shad in 2012. Largemouth bass are present at all sizes between 6 and 20 inches. The bluegills continue to grow towards acceptable size and currently average 6.5 to 7 inches. Black crappie are the most abundant and averaged around 8 inches by fall 2015. Crappie should be easy to catch in 2016, but some selection will be required for fish to fillet. Sampling showed good numbers of channel catfish ranging in size from 10 to 28 inches. A fair to low number of walleyes are present again and mostly range in size from 11 to 15 inches.(2015)

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.