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

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
Anglers report good catfishing in the district. Most for the bluegills have moved away from shore and crappies are being caught around trees. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587.
Anglers should expect to catch quality size bluegills again this spring at Prairie Rose. The crappies stocked in 2014 will reach an acceptable size to harvest in 2017. The lake also supports a good population of channel catfish and the largemouth bass will provide good catch and release fishing.
Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching crappies around the jetties. Fish will average 8 inches.
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers report catching quality size bluegills on the spawning beds and underwater reefs placed in the lake during the renovation. Fish are 8.5 to 9 inches.
Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel catfish are 14 to 16 inches at this time.
Largemouth Bass - Good: There is a large year class of 10 to 12 inch bass in the lake that is providing fun catch and release fishing.
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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 8 to 9-inch and abundant in numbers. Look for bluegills on the beds in late May and plan on doing a lot of catch and release bass fishing. Harvestable size channel catfish are now in the lake. Crappie fishing will return to Prairie Rose in 2017.(2017)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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Water Quality

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