Lake Smith

General Information

County: Kossuth
Location: 3 miles north of Algona
Acres: 59.00
Maximum Depth: 10 ft. (1979)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Ambrose A. Call State Park


Amenities at Lake Smith include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Bluegills are biting on wax worms fished near the bottom.
Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all state-owned lands and waters by February 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. For information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are biting, lots of smaller fish being caught with a few keepers.
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  • 09/17/2014 - 1,064 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/17/2012 - 1,064 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/16/2010 - 850 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 10/22/2008 - 1,800 Largemouth Bass (4.2")
  • 06/04/2008 - 2,950 Channel Catfish (5.4")
  • 10/31/2007 - 1,980 Largemouth Bass (4.2")
  • 06/27/2007 - 6,000 Largemouth Bass (1.8")
  • 05/23/2007 - 2,950 Channel Catfish (5.4")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
The bluegill and largemouth bass fisheries are very good in Smith Lake. Anglers can catch bluegills over 9 inches and largemouth bass in the 18-21 inch range. The minimum length for largemouth bass is 18 inches in Smith Lake. Channel catfish and crappie are definitely worth targeting here as well.(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.