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
Be prepared for some unstable weather Thursday through Sunday. Localized flooding is possible is areas with repeated thunderstorms. Wild parsnip continues to be a problem along trails and accesses. Wear light clothing to protect exposed skin from sun and the effects of wild parsnip. For current angling conditions, please contact the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Water clarity is marginal due to a green algae bloom currently occurring. Find fish attracting structure locations on the Iowa DNR's fishing atlas at https://programs.iowadnr.gov/maps/fishingatlas/default.html.
Bluegill - Slow:
Largemouth Bass - Good: Find bass in shallow water toward evening. Use topwater lures for success.
Black Crappie - Slow: Crappie are suspended around submersed structure during the day and come in shallow in the evening. Use a hook tipped with a minnow or bright colored jig.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Late evenings and night are best times to catch catfish. Worms, cutbaits, and stinkbait are best. During daylight hours, find catfish near stump fields and submersed logs.
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 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.