Hickory Grove Lake

General Information

County: Story
Location: 3 miles southwest of Colo
Acres: 100.30
Maximum Depth: 36.4 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Hickory Grove Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Ice thicknesses in Central Iowa are staying in the 8 to 14 inch range. For more information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Black Crappie - Slow: Most anglers are finding the crappie fishing to be slow, but when fish are caught the size is good. Crappie catches have been mostly limited to the dawn and dusk time periods.
Bluegill - Good: 7-8 inch bluegills are being caught over brushpiles and suspended in deeper water. Moving around has been needed to stay on active fish.
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  • 09/21/2015 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/26/2013 - 500 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/13/2011 - 762 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/16/2009 - 1,360 Channel Catfish (7.9")
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:
  • 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: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
The current fishery will be accessible to anglers during the winter of 2017/2018 and potentially part of spring 2018 before the lake is drawn down for renovation work. Any fish remaining after the draw down will be killed off to eliminate grass carp and common carp. For the 2017/2018 ice fishing season anglers can expect to find bluegills from 4- to 8-inches. Crappie numbers are not high, but they are reaching good sizes. Black crappies run from 6.5- to 11.5-inches and the white crappies are 6- to 14-inches. Largemouth bass are mostly between 9- and 17-inches. (2017)


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.