Terra Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: Within city of Johnston south of Pioneer Parkway.
Acres: 7.30
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Terra Lake include:
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Community Fishing Location
For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.
Rainbow Trout - Fair: Trout were stocked on Wednesday October 24th. The trout can be caught using small in-line spinners, casting spoons, twister tail or tube jigs and live minnows.

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 9/18/2017 - 150 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/29/2015 - 150 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 04/15/2015 - 2,550 Bluegill (2")
  • 03/23/2015 - 16 Largemouth Bass (Adult)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
Initial stockings of fish will occur during the spring and summer of 2015. Good fishing will be likely in 2017.(2015)


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.