Willow Lake

General Information

County: Harrison
Location: 5 1/2 mile west of Woodbine
Acres: 26.00
Maximum Depth: 24 ft. (1979)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Willow Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
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  • 09/15/2015 - 549 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/20/2013 - 601 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/26/2011 - 900 Channel Catfish (Cage)
  • 05/28/2009 - 900 Channel Catfish (5.0")
  • 06/02/2008 - 800 Channel Catfish (5.7")
  • 05/29/2007 - 800 Channel Catfish (4.9")
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:
  • Flathead 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:
Willow Lake is a steep sided deep lake with excellent water clarity. These same conditions make electrofishing samples ineffective. The largemouth bass population is fairly low in density with very few fish over 15 inches. This is a function of slow growth and low density prey population. Willow has quality sized bluegills greater than 8-inches. The channel catfish population is produced by stocking. A good number of catfish in Willow last summer were 17 to 25 inches. Redear sunfish (10 to 11-inch) round out the fishery at Willow.(2016)

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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.