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Ankeny Lake (DMACC)

General Information

County: Polk
Location: Ankeny, DMACC Campus
Acres: 13.80
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (1984)
Motoring Restrictions:


Amenities at Ankeny Lake (DMACC) include:

    Fishing Report

    No recent updates

    Fishing Forecast

    2013 surveys showed bluegills were abundant and ranged in size from 3 to 7.5 inches, somewhat smaller than historically. Now that lake dredging is complete, vegetation will reestablish. Bluegill growth should improve and maximum size should again approach 8 inches or better in 2014. Black crappie were found in low numbers and had a maximum length of 9 inches. Largemouth bass were found in good numbers and ranged in size from 8 to 18 inches. Most of the largemouth sampled were 12 to 15.5 inches. A maintenance stocking of channel catfish was added to the existing population. With major renovation work now complete, the DMACC fishery should respond to the improvements and provide a high quality urban fishing opportunity.(2013)

    Lake Maps

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    Popular Fish Species at this Lake

    Fish Stocking

    • 09/26/2013 - 152 Channel Catfish (8.2")
    • 09/13/2011 - 130 Channel Catfish (8.7")
    • 01/29/2011 - 1,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • 11/18/2010 - 1,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • winter 2009 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • 09/18/2009 - 204 Channel Catfish (8.0")
    • winter 2008 - 1,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
    • 09/20/2007 - 450 Channel Catfish (8.6")
    • 10/25/2006 - 6 Grass carp (8.0")
    • 10/07/2005 - 500 Channel Catfish (7")
    • 04/19/2005 - 20 Grass carp (9")


    The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

    • Bluegill
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other: No daily limit on private waters
    • Rainbow Trout
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
      • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout

    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.