Volga Lake

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located 3 miles north of Fayette.
Acres: 135.00
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (1986)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Volga River State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at Volga Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Expect scattered thunderstorms over the weekend with temperatures reaching the low 70's. Area rivers & streams crested and are stabilizing. Water clarity is improving and water temperatures are slowly rising. Anglers please thank landowners for allowing public fishing on private property. Help us keep our streams beautiful. Be diligent. For current fishing information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Black Crappie - Fair: Find crappie along rocky shoreline especially near sunset. Try using a hook tipped with a small minnow under a bobber.
Bluegill - Slow: Use small jigs tipped with small piece of nightcrawler or red worm fished deep.
Channel Catfish - Slow: Concentrate efforts along windblown shores. Use dead minnows or other dead fish to attract a cruising cat.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass moved off beds with cooler temperatures but will move in as conditions improve. Try using a spinnerbait with a slow retreive in cooler water.
Water temperatures cooled over the last week. Fish deeper water for success. Fish attractors were recently added in the Lake. Find fish attracting structure locations on the Iowa DNR's fishing atlas at https://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/fishingatlas/default.html.
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  • 09/29/2015 - 2,429 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/25/2013 - 1,890 Channel Catfish (7.9")
  • 09/14/2011 - 2,054 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 09/22/2009 - 1,606 Channel Catfish (6.2")
  • 09/18/2007 - 1,890 Channel Catfish (8.6")
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:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
  • White Sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Over the last several years, volunteers, park and fisheries staff have installed cedar tree clusters and rock piles to provide more habitat diversity and cover to enhance fish populations. Volga Lake is the place to go for trophy Channel Catfish. With fish up to 31 inches, who wouldn't want to give it a go. Black Crappie numbers in the 8 inch range remain high but a few 10 inchers are out there. Bluegill 7 inches are common. A nice population of Largemouth Bass are available. (2017)

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.