Yellow Smoke Park Lake

General Information

County: Crawford
Location: 2 miles east, 2 miles north of Denison
Acres: 40.00
Maximum Depth: 32 ft. (2004 - Information from Crawford County Conservation Board, 2004.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Yellow Smoke Park Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Water temperatures in western Iowa are in the mid to upper 60's. Bluegill and crappie fishing near shore is good right now in most of our area lakes. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
Look for bluegill spawning beds near shore in 2-6 feet of water in areas containing sandy or gravel substrate. Fish are usually visible as they guard these nests; try throwing a small jig fished under a bobber. Use a small piece of crawler or waxworm for bait. This lake has good numbers of 8+ inch bluegills and this is a great time of year to target these fish.
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  • Sep 25 2014 12:00AM - 700 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/19/2012 - 720 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/15/2010 - 576 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 09/11/2008 - 720 Channel Catfish (7.3")
  • 09/14/2006 - 896 Channel Catfish (7.0")
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:
  • 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 Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:

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.

Lake Mini-report

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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.