Elm Lake

General Information

County: Wright
Location: 5 miles Northeast of Clarion
Acres: 458.00
Maximum Depth: 8 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping project.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Elm Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Ice thickness is 16 inches.
Yellow Perch - Good: Perch are biting,lots of smaller fish being caught with a few keepers.
Download Printable Lake Map

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

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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.
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Elm Lake is not a managed fishery. Periodically anglers have success fishing for yellow perch, crappie, and bullhead. Anglers this winter have been having fair success on yellow perch.(2016)


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.