Thomas Mitchell Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: 3m SW Mitchelville
Acres: 6.00
Maximum Depth: 10 ft. (1996)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Thomas Mitchell Lake include:
  • Accessible Pier
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
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  • 07/31/2015 - 50 Channel Catfish (18")
  • 06/19/2012 - 600 Channel Catfish (2.2")
  • 06/19/2012 - 600 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
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: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
Thomas Mitchell has a fishery that makes for an excellent location to take young and new anglers. In an attempt to improve bluegill growth and size the lake was chemically treated in the fall of 2015 to remove a portion of the bluegill population. Lower bluegill densities were observed during spring 2016 surveying. The bluegills will be surveyed again in spring 2017 to monitor if the lower density has caused growth to improve. At the beginning of the 2016 growing season the bluegills were mostly 6 to just over 7 inches. Most of the largemouth bass in 2016 were running 10 to 12 inches with fish up to 18 inches.(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.