Easter Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: southeast edge of Des Moines
Acres: 179.10
Maximum Depth: 21.2 ft. (2003 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park
Walnut Woods State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Easter Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
As of Thursday, January 19th central Iowa ice conditions have become more variable due to rains. Lakes and ponds have ice ranging from 8 to 12 inches, with the lesser amounts south if I80. There are some weaker spots along the shorelines. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Ice anglers should stay off Easter Lake this winter as the lake is in the process of being drawn down.
Download Printable Lake Map

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

  • 06/28/2012 - 1,005 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 06/28/2012 - 2,535 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 09/08/2011 - 1,043 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 06/24/2011 - 3,000 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 05/12/2011 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/24/2010 - 3,000 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 04/28/2010 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/18/2009 - 2,040 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 07/13/2009 - 148 Largemouth Bass (8.0")
  • 07/13/2009 - 1,600 Largemouth Bass (2.5")
  • 05/04/2009 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/15/2007 - 4,000 Largemouth Bass (1.1")
  • 05/22/2007 - 3,000 Channel Catfish (5.2")
  • 04/30/2007 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Bluegill and crappie are both very abundant. Most are not reaching sizes desirable by anglers. Maximum size of bluegill was 6.5 inches. Black crappie averaged 7 inches and topped out at 9 inches. Most white crappie were around 8 inches with a small portion of the population reaching 10-12 inches. The largemouth bass fishery looks good with fish from 8 to 19 inches surveyed. Channel catfish are abundant with the average size being 17.5 inches with fish up to 28 inches.(2015)

Contacts

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.