Lake Sugema

General Information

County: Van Buren
Location: 3 miles southwest of Keosauqua
Acres: 574.00
Maximum Depth: 34 ft. (1993)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Lacey Keosauqua State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Sugema include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are still catching a few bluegills. Try a small jig tipped with a waxworm fished below a bobber around any aquatic vegetation or structure.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers have been catching some largemouth bass using topwater lures in the mornings. Fish shallow in the mornings then move deeper around structure as the day warms up. Lake Sugema has a slot limit so all largemouth bass 12-18 inches must be immediately released.
Walleye - Slow: Try drifting nightcrawlers along the face of the dam.
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  • Sep 21 2015 12:00AM - 3,502 Channel Catfish (8")
  • Apr 20 2015 12:00AM - 2,000 Walleye (8")
  • Oct 24 2014 12:00AM - 6,003 Walleye (8")
  • May 19 2014 12:00AM - 600 Muskellunge (10.5")
  • 10/15/2013 - 8,062 Walleye (8.5")
  • 10/31/2012 - 7,941 Walleye (8.5")
  • 05/02/2012 - 600 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 10/17/2011 - 8,632 Walleye (8.3")
  • 09/29/2011 - 769 Muskellunge (9.8")
  • 06/23/2011 - 4,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 06/23/2011 - 6,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 05/11/2010 - 667 Muskellunge (12.7")
  • 10/16/2009 - 2,880 Walleye (9.2")
  • 09/08/2009 - 4,115 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 10/27/2008 - 8,192 Walleye (10.0")
  • 09/25/2008 - 6,000 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 05/19/2008 - 1,200 Muskellunge (13.5")
  • 11/01/2007 - 7,776 Walleye (10")
  • 10/26/2006 - 824 Muskellunge (7.3")
  • 09/27/2006 - 8,687 Walleye (7.2")
  • 05/02/2006 - 1,148 Muskellunge (14.0")
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: All 12 to 18-inch fish must be immediately released
    • 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:
Largemouth bass angling is excellent with tremendous numbers of 12-18 inch fish available. Largemouth up to 22 inches in length were sampled in 2015. Bluegill angling remains good, but the illegal introduction of gizzard shad will result in declines in this quality. Walleye numbers are good with fish up to 25 inches present. However, stocking has been discontinued due to the illegal introduction of gizzard shad. Muskellunge numbers are good with fish up to 40 inches present. However, musky stockings have also been discontinued. A partial fish renovation to remove gizzard shad is likely but will not be executed by the DNR until walleye numbers decline naturally. Walleye and muskelluge have a low tolerance to rotenone, whereas bluegill, crappie, and largemouth bass are more tolerant. A low concentration of rotenone will eventually be used to remove those illegally introduced gizzard shad. The timing of this treatment is unknown, but will likely be years in the future, depending on the status of bluegill and largemouth bass angling.(2016)

Contacts

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.