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
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  • 5/3/16 - 150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 4/29/16 - 2,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/27/16 - 7,813 Walleye (10.3")
  • 10/20/2015 - 7,430 Walleye (8")
  • 09/15/2015 - 4,264 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 04/29/2015 - 150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/22/2015 - 2,229,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 7,829 Walleye (8")
  • annual 2014 - 2,350,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/20/2013 - 2,100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/04/2012 - 1,440 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 06/28/2012 - 21,490 Largemouth Bass (1.8")
  • 06/18/2012 - 7,720 Channel Catfish (2.2")
  • 05/18/2012 - 7,780 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • 05/11/2012 - 1,100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/20/2012 - 150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/12/2012 - 186,200 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 03/29/2012 - 750 Largemouth Bass (4.6")
  • 03/26/2012 - 4,264 Channel Catfish (9.4")
  • 10/15/2008 - 7,600 Walleye (9.0")
  • 06/10/2008 - 18,089 Walleye (1.5")
  • 10/18/2007 - 7,778 Walleye (10")
  • 09/14/2007 - 2,010 Channel Catfish (7.7")
  • 06/07/2007 - 5,508 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 06/01/2007 - 18,666 Walleye (1.5")
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:
Good numbers of bluegill were sampled in 2017 with many bluegill exceeding 8 inches in length. Low numbers of crappies were sampled, but some crappie over 10 inches are available to anglers. Excellent numbers of largemouth bass were sampled in 2017. Most of the largemouth bass were 12-16 inches in length, but some larger bass are available to anglers. Good numbers of walleyes were also sampled in the 12-22 inch length range.(2017)

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Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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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.