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
As of Thursday, January 12th central Iowa lakes and ponds have ice ranging from 8 to 11 inches, with the lesser amounts south if I80. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Bluegill - Fair: The bluegill fishing has been fair to slow so far this ice season. Anglers are picking some up on brush and pallet piles throughout the lake at depths greater than 10ft.
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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")
  • 09/20/2007 - 2,265 Channel Catfish (8.6")
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 decent fishing opportunities. The fishery survey in 2016 showed a healthy bluegill population with sizes ranging from 3.5 to 9 inches. Both black and white crappies are present in fair numbers. The black crappies were surveyed in two size groups. The younger group ranged from 6.5 to 8 inches and the older group is 9 to 10.5 inches. The white crappies ranged from 5 to 13 inches. Largemouth bass were sampled in fair numbers, but very clear water during the bass survey lowered the catch rate. The bass surveyed were mostly 8 to 14 inches. Larger individuals up to 20 inches are present. The channel catfish population is in good condition with fish at all sizes from 12 to just over 30 inches.(2016)


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.