Farm Creek Lake

General Information

County: Pottawattamie
Location: 5 miles east of Carson
Acres: 10.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Farm Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Water temperatures have jumped back up near 80 degrees in the S.W. district. For more information contact the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Black Crappie - No Report: Fish the creek channel for black crappie up to 12 inches.
Bluegill - No Report: Drift or slow troll along the creek channel for bluegills up to 9.5 inches.
Channel Catfish - No Report:
Farm Creek has a good fish population with quality sized panfish.
Largemouth Bass - No Report: There is a good population of 13 to 15 inch bass in the lake.
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  • 9/13/2017 - 181 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 09/14/2015 - 180 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/18/2013 - 360 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/22/2011 - 180 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 09/17/2009 - 153 Channel Catfish (7.7")
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:
  • 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:
The sport fishery in Farm Creek dates back to 2002 when the original stocking of largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and black crappie took place. Now 15 years later the fishery is well established. A 2017 fish population survey showed good numbers of largemouth bass between 13 and 17-inches. The bluegills and crappies are of quality size with 8 to 9-inch bluegills and 9 to 12-inch crappies in the lake. Stocking channel catfish every other year has produced an abundant catfish population. Farm Creek will provide good fishing in 2018. (2018)


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.