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

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
Catfishing is good right now on Central Iowa rivers. It is the time of year for a good crappie bite to begin drifting jigs for suspended fish. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Black Crappie - Fair: A fair crappie bite has been going at Hickory Grove. They are being caught drifting or slow trolling 1/8oz or lighter jigs with twister tails or minnows or 1.5 inch panfish tube jigs. A good area to work first is the mid-lake area out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills can be caught fishing small jigs tipped with crawler over pallet piles in water less than 15ft deep. Some of these can be found between the island the beach and near buoy off the shore from the Plover Bay Shelter. Hickory Grove can produce some nice bluegills from 7 to 8.5 inches.
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  • Sep 21 2015 12:00AM - 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")
  • 09/20/2007 - 2,265 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/20/2006 - 1,760 Channel Catfish (6.0")
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:
  • 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:
Hickory Grove Lake provides a quality fishery. The fishery survey in 2015 showed a healthy bluegill population with sizes ranging from 3.5 to just over 8.5 inches with good numbers of fish from 7 to 8 inches. Both black and white crappies are present in good numbers. The black crappies ranged from 5.5 to 10 inches with most 8 to 10 inches. The white crappies ranged from 5 to 11.5 inches with most around 9.5 to 10.5 inches. Largemouth bass were sampled in good numbers. The bass surveyed were mostly from 9.5 to 15 inches with fish up to 20 inches. The channel catfish population is in good condition with fish in all sizes from 12 to just over 30 inches.(2015)

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.