Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake
North side of Ames, west of Grand Avenue/Highway 69.
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2010 was the first year significant sampling was completed on Ada Hayden, followed by some species specific surveys in 2011. Bluegills are abundant, but their size is a little less than what is preferred by anglers. Bluegill size ranged from 3 to 7 inches with most being 4 to 6.5 inches. A quality black crappie fishery exists. Their numbers are fair and sizes range from 6 to 12 inches with most being 9 to 11 inches. Yellow perch are present in low numbers, but were found up to 12.5 inches. Most perch were 8 to 9 inches. Approximately 1,400 10 to 12 inch walleye left over from an Iowa State University project were stocked into Ada Hayden in April 2010. These walleye were sampled in 2011 and have reached sizes from 15 to just over 17 inches. Low numbers of larger walleye over 25 inches do exist from private stockings in the past. Hybrid white bass fry, often called wipers, were initially stocked in 2009 and again in 2011. Wipers were collected in 2010 sampling and showed excellent growth. They ranged in size from 11 to 15 inches. They were sampled again in 2011 and their growth slowed significantly with sizes between 13.5 to just over 15 inches. Wipers of this age should be nearing 18 inches. It is suspected little to no gizzard shad production in 2010 and 2011 is a probable cause for slowed growth. Even though slower growing, the wipers are still present in good numbers and provide some fun fishing. Channel catfish were sampled in fair numbers and ranged in size from 12 to 27 inches. (2011)
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