Discovery Pond

General Information

County: Polk
Acres: 13.00
Maximum Depth: 11 ft. (1996 - Two Dam Pond - the pond was "recently dredged to this depth")
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Big Creek State Park


Amenities at Discovery Pond include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Community Fishing Location
No recent updates
Download Printable Fishing Structures Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 9/18/2017 - 45 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/28/2015 - 45 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/26/2013 - 152 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/12/2011 - 46 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/12/2011 - 62 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 06/24/2010 - 800 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 09/16/2009 - 22 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:
  • 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:
Discovery Pond is an excellent place to introduce new anglers to fishing. The average size of bluegills has increased some since the 2015 surveys. Bluegills sampled in 2017 ranged from 4 to 7.5 inches. Largemouth bass are abundant from 9 to 11 inches with larger fish sampled from 12 to 19 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.