Swan Lake

General Information

County: Carroll
Location: 3 miles southeast of Carroll
Acres: 100.00
Maximum Depth: 12.6 ft. (2008 - Data taken from statewide lake mapping project.)
Motoring Restrictions: 10 H.P.

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Swan Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
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  • 10/4/16 - 1,402 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 10/18/16 - 1,108 Largemouth Bass (4")
  • 10/22/2015 - 725 Largemouth Bass (11")
  • 10/01/2015 - 24,193 Bluegill (1.2")
  • 10/01/2015 - 1,900 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/25/2014 - 906 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/19/2012 - 1,800 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 05/07/2012 - 1,091 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/17/2011 - 1,038 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 09/15/2010 - 1,440 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 09/11/2008 - 1,800 Channel Catfish (7.3")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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: Except for border lakes
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 16-inch minimum
    • Other:
Swan Lake experienced a substantial fish kill during the summer of 2015 due to low levels of dissolved oxygen following a massive algae bloom. The fish kill affected many of the larger individuals of all species in the lake. Sub-adult size largemouth bass and advanced fingerling catfish were stocked to bolster the predator population, but it may be a year or so until these fish reach harvestable sizes. While many bluegill and crappie perished in the fish kill, the ones that survived put on good growth in 2016 due to the lack of competition. Anglers have reported good bluegill and crappie fishing and Swan Lake. In the spring fish the shallows where the water warms up sooner and target the normal spawning areas later in the spring. In the summer, fish around the fish house and drift in deeper water. In the fall fish around the house and the jetties in the southern part of the lake.(2017)


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

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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.