Red Haw Lake

General Information

County: Lucas
Location: 1 mile east of Chariton
Acres: 76.00
Maximum Depth: 36.2 ft. (2009)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Red Haw State Park


Amenities at Red Haw Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • 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.
Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching crappies on tube jigs along the shorelines.
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along the shorelines and around the fishing jetties.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use nightcrawlers or chicken liver around the fishing jetties and the outer edge of the lily pads.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast the shorelines in the early part of the day and then fish deeper structure as the day warms up. Use rubber worms or crankbaits. Topwater lures can be productive along the lily pads.
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  • 9/19/2017 - 695 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/17/2015 - 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")
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

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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.