Fort Des Moines Pond

General Information

County: Polk
Acres: 13.60
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Fort Des Moines Pond include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
No recent updates

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  • Sep 28 2015 12:00AM - 240 Channel Catfish (8")
  • Jul 10 2015 12:00AM - 50 Black Crappie (7")
  • Jun 24 2014 12:00AM - 1,300 Largemouth Bass (2")
  • 09/08/2011 - 224 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/18/2009 - 250 Channel Catfish (8.0")
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:
  • 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:
Fort Des Moines Pond has rebounded nicely following a draining and dredging during winter 2013/2014. The original stocking of bluegills have surpassed 8 inches during summer 2015 and should provide some quality angling during 2016. Largemouth bass are mostly 10-12 inches, with some large 15 to 20 inch individuals from the original restocking. Black crappie were stocked in 2015. Good crappie fishing will likely return in 2018.(2015)


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.