Ingham Lake

General Information

County: Emmet
Location: 6 miles east of Wallingford
Acres: 357.00
Maximum Depth: 12 ft. (1973 - Maximum depth - 12 feet.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Fort Defiance State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Ingham Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
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  • 10/14/2015 - 5,306 Walleye (6")
  • 04/27/2015 - 178,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/01/2014 - 4,027 Walleye (6")
  • 09/28/2012 - 7,325 Walleye (5.5")
  • 09/25/2012 - 2,250 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 05/10/2012 - 1,849 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 09/23/2011 - 10,068 Walleye (4.0")
  • 09/29/2009 - 7,369 Walleye (4.4")
  • 09/24/2008 - 6,323 Walleye (5.0")
  • 04/13/2008 - 368,903 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 10/03/2006 - 5,861 Walleye (5.7")
  • 04/28/2006 - 1,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
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:
2016 INGHAM LAKE FISHING FORECAST - Anglers will note an influx of larger acceptable size walleye, approaching 15.0 inches in the catch. Crappie anglers fishing the shallow water habitat during April and May will catch large, angler acceptable size fish during the upcoming spring 2016 season. Channel catfish opportunities will improve for the next angling season at Ingham Lake. An influx of larger angler acceptable size fish will provide an upswing to the fishery during the 2016 season as numbers of these fish will be available. Secondary fish species like northern pike and yellow perch caught by anglers will be an occasional event. “Bull headers” will experience excellent angling at Ingham Lake for several years with numerous angler acceptable size fish available. (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.