Red Haw Lake

General Information

County: Lucas
Location: 1 mile east of Chariton
Acres: 76.00
Maximum Depth: 36.2 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping project.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Red Haw Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.
Black Crappie - Fair: Use minnows fished under a bobber for crappie. Try areas with underwater structure or areas around trees in the water.
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have been catching bluegills using a chunk of nightcrawler under a bobber.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass have been hitting on rubber worms or lizards and also on spinnerbaits.
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  • Sep 17 2015 12:00AM - 700 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/20/2013 - 769 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 09/06/2011 - 720 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 09/08/2009 - 1,268 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 07/20/2007 - 722 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 08/09/2006 - 720 Channel Catfish (7.3")
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:
Largemouth bass are abundant and growth rates are good. Most fish are traditionally less than 15 inches in length. Crappie, bluegill, and redear sunfish growth remains slow. Few fish eight inches and greater are present. We continue to monitor these populations and as these early year classes age growth for all species will improve overall, as will the size of fish available to anglers.(2009)


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.