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
Be prepared for some unstable weather Thursday through Sunday. Localized flooding is possible is areas with repeated thunderstorms. Wild parsnip continues to be a problem along trails and accesses. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from sun and the effects of wild parsnip. For current angling conditions, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
A green algae bloom is reducing water clarity. Please clean off your boat trailers and drain boats before moving to another waterbody.
Bluegill - Slow: Find gills in deeper water on edges of vegetation beds. Fish off the docks and jetties for a big one.
Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbait and nightcrawlers for best luck. Fish in the evenings along the rock jetties or around stumps for a cruising cat.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Top water lures and buzz baits are good but try a frog just off the weedline in about 5 feet of water. Early mornings are best. In calm water, use frogs or buzz bait.
Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers report catching pike while fishing for bass.
Black Crappie - Slow: Fish for crappie near the docks and jetties early mornings or evenings.
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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.