Roberts Creek Lake

General Information

County: Marion
Location: 6 miles northeast of Knoxville
Acres: 288.00
Maximum Depth: 20.4 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Elk Rock State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Roberts Creek Lake include:
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
As of Thursday, January 12th central Iowa lakes and ponds have ice ranging from 8 to 11 inches, with the lesser amounts south if I80. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Black Crappie - Fair: As of January 12th there is 6 to 8 inches of ice. A fair to good crappie bite is happening jigging waxworms or dead sticking live minnows. Anglers who are getting over brushpiles are having the best success.
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  • 05/14/2012 - 300,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/08/2011 - 1,588 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/16/2009 - 1,530 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 09/18/2007 - 2,100 Channel Catfish (8.6")
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
  • 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.
  • Freshwater Drum
    • 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:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White Sucker
    • 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.
The bluegills sampled in 2013 were very abundant and ranged in size from 4 to 7.5 inches. White and black crappie are both present in good numbers. Black crappie are the most abundant and are mostly 7 to 9 inches. White crappie are fewer in number, but larger in size. Many white crappie were 9 to 11 inches. Largemouth bass were sampled in low numbers due to high lake levels at the time of sampling. A fair bass population can be expected with fish at all sizes up to 20 inches. Channel catfish are very abundant in all sizes from 9 to 29 inches with a large group of fish between 11 and 16 inches. Since Roberts Creek is connected to Red Rock Reservoir during high water, other game fish species do migrate in at mostly low numbers. The additional game fish found include white bass, wipers, walleye, and flathead catfish. (2013)

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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.