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
Late summer and early fall is a good time to slow drift for crappies and bluegills. Channel catfishing on the reservoirs and the Des Moines River is good. For more information about Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught drifting or trolling tube jigs and twister or paddle tail jigs 3 to 8 feet down in 10 to 20 feet of water. The middle section of the lake has been the most consistent.
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  • 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")
  • 09/17/2007 - 2,297 Channel Catfish (8.3")
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 2016 found largemouth bass present at all sizes from 8- to 20-inches. The two main groups are 8- to 13-inches and 17-to 19-inches. The larger bluegills are mostly 6.5- to 7.5-inches with some fish over 8-inches. Anglers have been enjoying a large population of black crappies. By fall 2016 many of the black crappie averaged 9- to 10-inches. Crappie fishing should be good to excellent again in 2017. Channel catfish were not targeted in 2016 surveys, but good numbers of 10- to 30-inch channel catfish are available. Low numbers of walleyes are present at decent sizes from 15- to 20-inches.(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.