Lake Hendricks

General Information

County: Howard
Location: Located 0.5 miles northeast of Riceville.
Acres: 40.00
Maximum Depth: 18.5 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: electric motors only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Hendricks include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Expect scattered thunderstorms over the weekend with temperatures reaching the low 70's. Area rivers & streams crested and are stabilizing. Water clarity is improving and water temperatures are slowly rising. Anglers please thank landowners for allowing public fishing on private property. Help us keep our streams beautiful. Be diligent. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Bluegill - Good: Catch gills moving into shallower water with a small jig. Let it sink and slowly reel it in.
Channel Catfish - Slow: Concentrate efforts on windblown rocky shorelines. Use cut baits for best luck.
Near shore fish activity will improve with warmer temperatures. Slow your retrieve giving fish time to strike. Boat anglers are finding fish over structure in deeper water.
Black Crappie - Fair: Use a hook tipped with a minnow under a bobber for best luck.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass should move back in as temperatures rise. Use a jig tipped with a plastic twister for success.
Download Printable Lake Map

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

  • 09/22/2015 - 898 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/30/2013 - 906 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 09/14/2011 - 901 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/15/2010 - 360 Channel Catfish (2.0")
  • 06/15/2010 - 250 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 04/14/2010 - 2,500 Bluegill (1.2")
  • 09/22/2009 - 765 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 09/18/2007 - 900 Channel Catfish (8.6")
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:
  • 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.
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
The installation of rock reefs in the north arm in 2014 and new jetty in 2016 provide additional places for fish to hang around. Bluegills, mostly 6" to 8" fish, are common with some exceeding 8". The Largemouth Bass population is balanced, with fish up to 18". Channel Catfish will be stocked this year. Fish ranging in size from 9" to 25" are ready to be caught. Nice numbers of Black Crappie are available to the angler. See more at http://co.howard.ia.us/offices/conservation/lakehendricks.htm.(2017)

Contacts

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.