Lake Meyer

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 2.5 miles southwest of Calmar on 2546 Lake Meyer Road.
Acres: 40.00
Maximum Depth: 27 ft. (1975)
Motoring Restrictions: electric motors only

Nearby Parks

Fort Atkinson State Preserve


Amenities at Lake Meyer include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Temperatures in the low 70's with a chance for storms each day. Evenings should cool into the low 50's. Area rivers & streams are relatively stable but recent rain may cause a bump in levels. Water clarity is good and water temperatures are rising. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Black Crappie - Slow: Catch crappie in the evening in shallow water along a rocky shoreline. Try deeper water in the daytime. A minnow or artificial scented baits fished under a bobber will catch a nice fish.
Bluegill - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a small piece of worm under a bobber in shallow water.
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbaits with warmer temperatures or a crawler fished on the bottom. Dawn and dusk are best.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Frog or mouse topwater lures fished along the weedbeds are best. Overcast, windy days are best for bass.
Northern Pike - Fair: Try a spinnerbait for a pike hanging in 1 to 4 feet water.
Water clarity is good. Water temperatures are in the upper 70's. Please clean off your boat trailers and drain boats before moving to another waterbody. Visit Iowa DNR's fishing atlas for the latest hot spots. Set your GPS coordinates to WGS84 to key in to your structure preference.
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  • 09/22/2015 - 721 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 05/19/2015 - 200 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 06/05/2014 - 203 Northern Pike (2-3")
  • 09/30/2013 - 722 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 05/29/2013 - 246 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/08/2012 - 210 Northern Pike (2.8")
  • 09/14/2011 - 721 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 05/18/2011 - 364 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/20/2010 - 208 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 09/22/2009 - 612 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • 05/11/2009 - 248 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/09/2008 - 325 Northern Pike (2.3")
  • 09/18/2007 - 720 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 06/01/2007 - 112 Northern Pike (4.7")
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:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • 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
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
The fishery in Lake Meyer is responding well after a 2015 drawdown to construct a 5 acre wetland and rock chute spillway, seal small sinkholes in the dam, and install various fish attracting structures. Northern Pike are stocked annually into this little gem and quality fish, though rarely caught, are present. Good numbers of Bluegill 8 inches and 10 inch crappie are available to the shoreline angler and boater alike. Largemouth Bass 12 to 14 inches are common but find a few lunkers lurking around the edges of vegetation. Channel Catfish are stocked in odd years. Quality size catfish up to 30 inches can be caught along the dam face. (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.