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
Most lakes in the Black Hawk District have approximately 8-16 inches of ice. As always, use caution and check ice depths frequently. For more information contact the Black Hawk District Office at 712-657-2638.
Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been picking up some 10 inch crappies while targeting bluegill.
Bluegill - Good: Anglers have been catching good numbers of quality size (9”+) bluegill with wax worms fished in 12 to 16 feet of water.
Ice at Yellow smoke is around 8 inches. Ice thickness can be inconsistent on lakes, use caution and check ice depths frequently when venturing out.
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 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.

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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.