West Fork Des Moines (Emmetsburg to Humboldt)

General Information

County: Humboldt
Location:
Acres: 48.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

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Amenities

Amenities at West Fork Des Moines (Emmetsburg to Humboldt) include:
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    • 6/28/16 - 8,879 Walleye (3.2")
    • 4/29/16 - 102,000 Walleye (Fry)
    • 06/24/2015 - 8,803 Walleye (2.6")
    • 04/29/2015 - 109,350 Walleye (Fry)
    • 07/17/2014 - 14,742 Walleye (2-3")
    • 05/13/2014 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
    • 07/17/2013 - 14,655 Walleye (2.6")
    • 05/08/2013 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
    • 04/20/2012 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
    • 07/07/2011 - 9,867 Walleye (3.3")
    • 05/11/2011 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
    • 04/28/2010 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
    • 07/13/2009 - 12,014 Walleye (2.6")
    • 07/09/2009 - 2,661 Walleye (3.0")
    • 07/03/2008 - 2,606 Walleye (2.8")
    • 07/03/2008 - 12,107 Walleye (2.8")
    • 06/13/2007 - 14,525 Walleye (2.3")
    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:
    • 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.
    • 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:

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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.