Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

General Information

County: Butler
Location: The city of Greene is located at the junction of Highway 14 and County Rd. C13.
Acres: 26.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: None

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
With the recent summer storms, interior river angling has been fairly unpredictable with fluctuating river levels. Most rivers remain high and turbid. Trout streams remain in good condition but call ahead for stream conditions if travelling afar. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276.
The Shell Rock River is being reported as being in the best condition of all of the interior rivers. Angling opportunities may be best on this river for those targeting walleye or smallmouth bass.
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  • 06/04/2015 - 7,219 Walleye (1.9")
  • 06/03/2015 - 7,243 Walleye (2")
  • 05/29/2015 - 3,752 Walleye (2")
  • 04/29/2015 - 51,750 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/28/2014 - 22,000 Walleye (2")
  • 05/13/2014 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/21/2013 - 4,276 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/22/2012 - 21,954 Walleye (1.2")
  • 05/31/2011 - 17,110 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/25/2010 - 18,700 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/28/2009 - 4,720 Walleye (1.4")
  • 05/28/2009 - 38,580 Walleye (1.3")
  • 06/05/2008 - 3,450 Walleye (1.6")
  • 06/05/2008 - 12,490 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/24/2007 - 4,720 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/23/2007 - 17,500 Walleye (1.5")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-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:
This twenty six mile stretch of river in Butler County from the town of Greene downstream to the community of Shell Rock is a must for any angler. This river offers bountiful and robust smallmouth bass and walleye! An electrofishing survey conducted by staff in the fall of 2015 sampled 47 walleye per hour with one walleye measuring 30.2 inches in length and weighing 9.92 pounds! This fishery has greatly benefitted from the IA. DNR interior walleye stocking program. Many trophy sized smallmouth bass can be caught along with an occasional musky that has escaped from Clear Lake, moved down the Winnebago River into the Shell Rock River. Channel catfish populations tend to be lower in numbers but they are of preferred to memorable size with some catfish approaching thirty inches in length. Navigation is best by a kayak, canoe or small jonboat powered with a shallow drive motor. There are two hard surface boat ramps recommended, Camp Comfort County Park (4 mi S. of Greene) and Heary Woods State Park south of Clarksville. Boaters whom launch at these sites must motor up-river as there are obstacles (low-head riffle and dam) at both of these areas. There is a gravel access located below the boulder riffle at the Camp Comfort County Park and a hard surface boat ramp located on the east side of the river below the dam at Shell Rock. (2016)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

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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.