Iowa Lake (Iowa Co.)

General Information

County: Iowa
Location: 5 miles North of Millersburg
Acres: 107.00
Maximum Depth: 32 ft. (1988 - Information taken from Clean Lakes Classification Study of Iowa's Lakes for Restoration (Bachmann, et al, 1993).)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Iowa Lake (Iowa Co.) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Largemouth Bass - Slow:
Channel Catfish - Slow:
Bluegill - Fair:
Black Crappie - Fair: Fish in 12-15' of water and look for fish suspended a few feet off the bottom.
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  • 9/21/16 - 1,498 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 09/16/2014 - 1,498 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/08/2013 - 1,605 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/14/2012 - 140 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 09/14/2012 - 2,139 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/17/2010 - 4,529 Channel Catfish (5.0")
  • 06/03/2008 - 4,500 Channel Catfish (5.3")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • 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:
Bluegill numbers are good with many fish in the 6-8" range. Some redear sunfish are here and most are 8-10". Crappie numbers are moderate with two group sizes most prevalent; the 7-8" fish and 10-11" fish. Largemouth bass numbers are also moderate with the majority of fish being 12-16".(2015)


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.