Rock Creek Lake

General Information

County: Jasper
Location: 4 miles northeast of Kellogg
Acres: 466.20
Maximum Depth: 18.1 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Rock Creek 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
Black Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing is good. Anglers fishing in 2 to 6ft of water with jigs tipped with live minnows or minnows under a bobber are doing well. The jetties around the SE boat ramp are good areas for shore anglers to target first. Another good area during the crappie spawn is along the face of the dam, especially the western half.
Crappie and bluegill fishing is good to excellent in Central Iowa lakes right now. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
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  • Sep 23 2015 12:00AM - 2,498 Channel Catfish (8")
  • May 28 2015 12:00AM - 13,017 Walleye (2")
  • Jun 4 2014 12:00AM - 12,078 Walleye (2")
  • 09/20/2013 - 4,665 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 06/11/2013 - 11,680 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/24/2012 - 12,064 Walleye (1.6")
  • 09/08/2011 - 1,498 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 06/29/2011 - 12,022 Walleye (2.7")
  • 09/15/2009 - 3,060 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 07/08/2009 - 24,364 Walleye (3.0")
  • 06/10/2008 - 12,000 Walleye (1.7")
  • 09/24/2007 - 3,318 Channel Catfish (7.2")
  • 06/01/2007 - 12,710 Walleye (1.5")
  • 09/20/2006 - 500 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • 05/31/2006 - 12,038 Walleye (1.3")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • 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:
The 2015 fish surveys found bluegills to be present in good numbers. There is a good size group of angler acceptable 7 to 8.5 inch fish. Black crappie are present in fair numbers at the 7 to 9.5 inch range, with some up to 10.5 inches. White crappie are the most abundant and similar in size to the black crappie with most being between 7 and 9.5 inches. The largemouth bass population looks good with better than average chances at catching fish over 15 inches. All sizes were surveyed from 10 to 20.5 inches. A good sample of channel catfish was collected and ranged from 12 to 24.5 inches. The most abundant sizes are 13.5 to 17.5 inches. Walleye are also present in fair numbers and were sampled in sizes from 11 to 24.5 inches.(2015)


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.