Prairie Rose Lake

General Information

County: Shelby
Location: 8 miles southeast of Harlan
Acres: 173.00
Maximum Depth: 22.2 ft. (2006 - Taken from 2006 lake mapping project.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Prairie Rose State Park


Amenities at Prairie Rose Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Bluegill fishing has been good in the southwest district. Catfish are moving close to rocky shorelines. For more information contact the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Black Crappie - Slow: Look for post spawn crappies along the dam and around tree piles. Fish will average 9 inches.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are spawning and can be caught on top of underwater reefs and on the spawning substrate placed in the lake. Bluegills in Prairie Rose are quality size fish.
Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a large population of 12 inch bass in the lake that offers fun catch and release fishing.
Prairie Rose will offer good panfishing in 2018. The lake has quality sized bluegills and crappies are acceptable size. Anglers should target the spawning beds, underwater reefs and jetties to find spawning fish.
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  • 09/09/2015 - 2,411 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/03/2014 - 788 Black Crappie (Adult)
  • 07/02/2013 - 12,000 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/01/2013 - 45,000 Bluegill (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:
  • 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:
The fishery at Prairie Rose Lake is now well established following the 2012 lake draining and fishery renovation. Largemouth Bass range from 10 to 12-inches and provide a lot of catch and release angling. Continued growth will improve the quality of the bass fishing in Prairie Rose this summer. The bluegill population developed rapidly and quality Bluegills 8 to 9-inches are caught in good numbers. Black Crappies are 9-inch in length. Look for crappies around the rocks in early May and bluegills on the beds in late May. Plan on doing a lot of catch and release bass fishing. Harvestable size channel catfish are now in the lake.(2018)


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Water Quality

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