Lake Miami

General Information

County: Monroe
Location: 5 miles southeast of Lovilla
Acres: 137.00
Maximum Depth: 19.5 ft. (2009)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Lake Miami include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. For more information, contact the Rathbun fish hatchery at 641-647-2406.
Bluegill - Fair: Try areas along the fishing jetties or around the cedar tree piles with a chunk of nightcrawler.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater lures in the early mornings and evenings and then switch to rubber worms or crankbaits during the hotter parts of the day. Target the cedar tree piles and the fishing jetties.
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  • 9/18/2017 - 1,017 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/18/2015 - 1,218 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/25/2014 - 80,000 Bluegill (2")
  • 09/24/2014 - 24,000 Black Crappie (2")
  • 07/30/2014 - 200 Channel Catfish (adult)
  • 06/18/2014 - 12,200 Largemouth Bass (2")
  • 05/30/2014 - 3,018 Channel Catfish (2")
  • 04/15/2014 - 200 Largemouth Bass (adult)
  • 04/14/2014 - 27,000 Bluegill (2")
  • 12/04/2013 - 10,011 Bluegill (1.7")
  • 12/04/2013 - 2,924 Largemouth Bass (3.8")
  • 09/10/2010 - 1,366 Channel Catfish (9.2")
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:
  • 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:
A 2016 fishery survey at Lake Miami continued to show the fishery is developing quickly. Bluegill of 8.5 inches were captured in May of 2016, largemouth bass up to 20 inches (most in the 8-15 inch range), and crappie up to 10 inches were captured. (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.