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
Channel Catfish - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught trolling, Don't overlook public areas to fish using traditional "cat" baits which will provide excellent action.
Channel Catfish - Good: Numbers of fish are being caught trolling, Don't overlook public areas to fish using traditional "cat" baits which will provide excellent action.
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  • 5/3/2017 - 908,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 11/7/2017 - 1,309 Walleye (9.3")
  • 11/2/2017 - 3,678 Walleye (9")
  • 10/26/2017 - 1,954 Walleye (9")
  • 9/21/16 - 5,706 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 4/28/16 - 954,500 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/5/2016 - 15,007 Walleye (4.4")
  • 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")
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:
Continued good walleye angling will continue at Five Island Lake, with numerous year classes present to sustain the fishery for the next few years. Walleye anglers will continue to catch numbers of quality (15.0 – 19.9 inches) size fish with preferred (> 20.0 inches) size fish not uncommon in the catch. Some stock (10.0 – 14.9 inches) size fish from this size group will be angler acceptable and contribute to the overall catch. Anglers will note the numbers of quality (8.0 – 9.9 inches) size crappie, primarily comprised of black crappie in the catch; however with persistence and patience will be rewarded with larger angler acceptable size fish in the creel. Continued good black crappie growth will provide an upswing to the fishery for the next few years. Anglers will continue to catch high numbers of yellow bass from Five Island Lake with anglers noting the increase in the size of fish harvested from Five Island Lake. Opportunities exist to harvest numbers of good sized channel catfish from Five Island Lake for the upcoming 2018 season. Abundant areas exist on the lake for shore anglers to explore and find those secret hot spots. Traditional baits are in order for “cats” but don’t overlook live bait such as night crawlers. With this versatile bait an angler may end the day with a multi species catch. (2018)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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