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 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 Black Hawk District lakes are in the upper 70's. Many rivers levels are high due to heavy rainfall in the area. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
Bluegill - Fair: Find bluegill spawning in the arm north of the swim beach and in the coves along the south shore. Yellow Smoke is known for its big bluegill consistently reaching 9 inches or more.
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  • 10/11/16 - 722 Channel Catfish (9.3")
  • 09/25/2014 - 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")
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:
Yellow Smoke Lake has exceptionally clear water, which can make fishing difficult. While the bluegill population in Yellow Smoke is good, they can be difficult to catch. Yellow Smoke consistently produces 9.5"+ bluegill, but anglers that catch 6 to 8 of those fish can consider that a good day of fishing. In the spring, target you efforts in the upper arms and coves where the nests will likely be located. Later in the summer drift fish with very light tackle and line. The larger crappie are 10 to 12" and anglers would do well to focus their efforts around the stand of submerged trees. Largemouth bass are abundant. There are a lot of 10 to 14 inch bass, but plenty of larger fish to keep the avid bass angler happy. Channel catfish are stocked on a regular basis and there are many different size classes. Redear sunfish are present and some are very large (10"+). Fish deeper around submerged vegetation for those redears.(2017)


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.