West Lake (Osceola)

General Information

County: Clarke
Location: 2 miles west of Osceola
Acres: 320.00
Maximum Depth: 32 ft. (1987)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at West Lake (Osceola) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Variable ice conditions reported at Mount Ayr district lakes. Some lakes have up to 10 inches of ice, but also areas of thin ice or open water. Be cautious and drill many test holes. For more information, please contact the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.
Some open water reported around docks.
Black Crappie - Good: Crappies between 8-10 inches have been caught using minnows fished along creek channels and main lake points.
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  • 09/24/2015 - 1,593 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 06/29/2015 - 3,363 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.7")
  • 06/16/2015 - 3,232 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (479/l)
  • 06/17/2014 - 4,458 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 06/17/2014 - 5,296 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 06/28/2012 - 1,810 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 06/28/2012 - 3,336 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 09/06/2011 - 1,226 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 09/08/2009 - 2,720 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 09/14/2007 - 2,010 Channel Catfish (7.7")
  • 06/07/2007 - 5,508 Channel Catfish (7.6")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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:
  • 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 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
Spring electrofishing indicated a moderate abundance of largemouth bass up to 21 inches available to anglers. Bluegills were sampled in moderate abundance with most fish less than 8 inches in length. Crappies were sampled in low to moderate abundance with most fish ranging 7-11 inches in length. Channel catfish were sampled in moderate abundance with catfish up to 30 inches available to anglers.(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.