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Lake Belva Deer

General Information

County: Keokuk
Location: 5 miles northeast of Sigourney
Acres: 264.00
Maximum Depth: 34 ft. (2002)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


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

Fishing Report

For more information on the above lakes and rivers call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.
Water temperature is down to 72 degrees. We're finally getting the water cooled down some.
Bluegill - Slow: Anglers are picking up a few more bluegills this last week but it is still pretty slow.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for the bite to extend into later in the day and start earlier in the afternoon. But right now it remains mostly in the early morning and late afternoon.
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfishing is very good right now. Work the face of the dam and where water enters the upper end of the lake.

Fishing Forecast

Anglers coming to Belva Deer will find a very high quality fishery with bluegills leading the way. Good numbers of 10 to 12 inch bluegills abound in this lake. In 2006 the lake produced at least one over twelve inch bluegill that was verified by park staff. Crappie numbers were finally building up with anglers catching nice stringers of 10 to 12" fish through the ice in 2007. Anglers are also catching some very big Redear Sunfish with some of the fish topping 13 inches. Catfish, Largemouth Bass, and A few county stocked Walleyes round out the cast of characters in this Lake.(2007)

Lake Maps

Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/14/2012 - 2,601 Channel Catfish (8.4")
  • 09/13/2010 - 2,080 Channel Catfish (9.6")
  • 09/05/2008 - 2,600 Channel Catfish (6.9")
  • 09/06/2006 - 2,600 Channel Catfish (7.0")
  • 09/13/2005 - 2,600 Channel Catfish (7")


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:

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.