Rice Lake

General Information

County: Winnebago
Location: 1 mile south, 1 mile east of Lake Mills
Acres: 1000.00
Maximum Depth: 10 ft. (1983)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Rice Lake State Park


Amenities at Rice Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Fishing has been good; with the best bite right at dusk or dawn due to the clear water.
Yellow Perch - Good: Fair to Good. Has been good with anglers catching 8- 12.5 inch perch on minnows or cutbait.
Walleye - Good: Fair to good. Anglers have occasionally caught limits with walleyes measuring 14 to 17 inches. Fishing has been best near the deeper water and shoreline off the Park point.

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The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Walleye, yellow perch, and largemouth bass populations are developing nicely with excellent growth rates. Anglers will experience good success, especially in the fall and winter of 2016.(2016)


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.