South Prairie Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Acres: 22.00
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (1993)
Motoring Restrictions: No wake

Nearby Parks

George Wyth State Park


Amenities at South Prairie Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Anglers are catching both bluegill and crappie in South Prairie Lake.
Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting colored tube jigs or fishing a minnow under a slip bobber three to six feet down near vegetation.
Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a piece of worm under a slip bobber near vegetation.
Fishing reports have been good on most interior rivers and area lakes for most all gamefish. Trout stream stockings continue and streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276.
Download Printable Lake Map

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  • 09/28/2015 - 396 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/25/2013 - 610 Channel Catfish (7.9")
  • 06/15/2011 - 396 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/22/2009 - 500 Channel Catfish (7.5")
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:
South Prairie Lake offers good fishing opportunities for black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and largemouth bass in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro. Most bluegills are in the 5-7 inch range and recent surveys show that most crappies are 6-9 inches. South Prairie offeres excellent shoreline access, a floating fishing dock, and a hard-surfaced boat ramp.(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.