Five Island Lake

General Information

County: Palo Alto
Location: north edge of Emmetsburg
Acres: 973.00
Maximum Depth: 24.9 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Five Island Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
The best times for fishing right now are in the morning before 10 O'clock and in the evening around 5 O'clock. As always take caution when venturing out on the ice as there may be some weaker areas. For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Aerators are currently in use on Five Island Lake so avoid areas with open water. Thin ice signs are out, stay outside of the signed in areas.
Black Crappie - Fair: A few Black Crappie have been reported although it did take a lot of patience.
Channel Catfish - Good: Channel Catfish have been reported being caught.
Download Printable Lake Map

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

  • 11/04/2015 - 4,000 Walleye (8")
  • 10/13/2015 - 15,033 Walleye (6")
  • 04/27/2015 - 486,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 30,294 Walleye (6")
  • 09/27/2013 - 27,199 Walleye (3.3")
  • 09/23/2013 - 3,045 Walleye (7.0")
  • 10/11/2012 - 413 Northern Pike (9.0")
  • 09/28/2012 - 13,305 Walleye (5.5")
  • 09/22/2011 - 20,387 Walleye (4.0")
  • 08/16/2011 - 16,103 Walleye (3.5")
  • 09/27/2010 - 15,181 Walleye (5.0")
  • 09/20/2010 - 4,570 Channel Catfish (9.5")
  • 09/29/2009 - 15,033 Walleye (4.4")
  • 09/30/2008 - 15,029 Walleye (5.3")
  • 10/04/2007 - 15,103 Walleye (5.4")
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:
  • 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: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
  • 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
  • Yellow Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
No forecast available(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.