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Lake Anita

General Information

County: Cass
Location: 1/2 miles south of Anita
Acres: 159.00
Maximum Depth: 33.2 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Lake Anita include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Water temperatures have cooled down on area lakes. Interior rivers have come up again after recent rains. Anglers are still drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. For more information call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587
Black Crappie - Slow: Drift jigs tipped with power bait to catch 10 inch crappies.
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up 9 plus inch fish drifting in 10 feet of water using small jigs tipped with powerbait.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast the weed edges with spinner baits and plastics to catch all sizes of largemouth bass.
Anglers are drifting to catch quality sized panfish at Anita.

Fishing Forecast

In 2014, Lake Anita anglers can expect to find a moderate supply of bluegills (8 to 9 inches), largemouth bass up to 20-inches, and 9 and 10 inch black crappie. Largemouth bass in the 13 to 15 inch ranged were common in last summers survey. Quality size bluegills and crappies make Lake Anita a good all around fishery. Channel catfish maintenance stockings are done every other year to make catfish available to anglers. The catfish population is down from what it has been. The fishery in Lake Anita is down from what it was a couple of years ago. (2014)

Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake


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

Lake Reports Summary report information about selected (~130) lakes regarding water quality, upstream land use, usage, economic value and more. Reports are customizable by the user to include only that information which the user desires to include.

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.