Pleasant Creek Lake

General Information

County: Linn
Location: 4 miles North of Palo
Acres: 401.00
Maximum Depth: 55.5 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at Pleasant Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Channel Catfish - Fair: Crawlers, livers, cutbait, and stinkbait has been working. Fish up to 15 pounds have been reported!
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
The lake is down 15' for the restoration project in process. A lot of dirt work has already been done to the lake bed. The boat ramp has been extended with rock and a section of concrete, but extreme caution should be used at this time if attempting to launch a boat as the water just out from the ramp is shallow and may contain some stumps. 4x4 vehicles only!
White Bass - Fair: Look for schools feeding on the surface at sunset. Throw topwaters, small spoons, or jigs.
Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Look for schools feeding on the surface at sunset. Throw topwaters, small spoons, or jigs.
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  • Oct 20 2015 12:00AM - 4,077 Walleye (8")
  • May 6 2015 12:00AM - 400,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • Jun 18 2015 12:00AM - 4,474 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.5")
  • Apr 27 2015 12:00AM - 1,230,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • Sep 19 2014 12:00AM - 2,449 Channel Catfish (8")
  • May 22 2014 12:00AM - 400,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • May 20 2014 12:00AM - 466 Muskellunge (10.5")
  • May 5 2014 12:00AM - 1,230,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 4,100 Walleye (8")
  • 06/26/2013 - 4,100 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.4")
  • 06/11/2013 - 12,567 Walleye (1.7")
  • 09/11/2012 - 2,877 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 05/24/2012 - 12,325 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/11/2012 - 1,224,816 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/01/2012 - 820 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 04/11/2012 - 300,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 08/30/2011 - 3,125 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 06/08/2011 - 12,301 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/11/2010 - 820 Muskellunge (12.7")
  • 05/11/2010 - 400,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 04/29/2010 - 1,130,557 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/03/2009 - 4,520 Walleye (1.8")
  • 09/03/2008 - 6,442 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 05/23/2008 - 820 Muskellunge (13.5")
  • 07/19/2007 - 3,362 Channel Catfish (10")
  • 06/20/2007 - 755 Channel Catfish (9.5")
  • 08/29/2006 - 4,133 Channel Catfish (10.0")
  • 05/02/2006 - 819 Muskellunge (14.0")
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.
  • 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: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Quillback
    • 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.
  • 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:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Pleasant Creek did not have a general survey this year, but anglers can expect the following: Moderate bluegills with fish up to 9" available. Crappie numbers are poor right now. White bass numbers are good with lots of fish in the 10-16" range. Hybrid striped bass numbers are good with fish up to 6 pounds available. These fish have only been in here up to 4 years and will continue to grow in size at a high rate. Largemouth bass numbers are good but size is marginal as most fish are usually under 16". Musky numbers are good with most fish being caught being in the 36-42" range. Channel catfish are also present here in moderate numbers and they can be up to 15 pounds. Night electrofishing was done here this fall and there are good numbers of walleyes. Many fish are in the 10-19" range with fish up to 30" available. There is also a large number of 7-8" fish coming on thanks to fry stocking in the spring and large fingerlings stocked in the fall. A restoration project is projected to start in the fall of 2015 which will include the drawing down of the lake by 15 feet. At this time, shorelines will be deepened, shorelines will be rocked, reefs and islands will be created, and fish habitat will be placed. The fish will not be manipulated and the project is hoped to be completed by spring of 2016, mother nature depending. (2014)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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