Little River Watershed Lake

General Information

County: Decatur
Location: 1 mile west of Leon
Acres: 743.00
Maximum Depth: 36.9 ft. (2009 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No motor restriction at no wake speed except for ski area

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Little River Watershed Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Walleye - Fair: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught on minnows and twistertail jigs fished along the dam and rock fields in the evening.
Water temperature in Mount Ayr district lakes is approximately 60 degrees. For more information, please contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught using jigs and minnows fished along rocky areas in the campground cove.
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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:
  • Green sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
  • 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:
Largemouth bass were sampled in high abundance with some bass exceeding 20 inches. Walleyes were sampled in high abundance with the larger sized walleyes between 16 and 20 inches. Bluegills were sampled in moderate to high abundance with some reaching 9 inches. Crappies were sampled in moderate abundance with larger crappies exceeding 10 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.