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Big Creek Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: 2 miles north of Polk City
Acres: 814.00
Maximum Depth: 53.4 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Amenities

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

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

Big Creek holds a quality bluegill fishery. 2014 surveys showed bluegills from 4 to just over 9.5 inches. Both black and white crappies are present in fishable numbers, but their abundance is not high. Black crappie sampled in 2014 were 5 to 12 inches and white crappie were 7.5 to 11 inches. The white bass population decreased in 2013 due to a natural die off. The 2014 surveys showed low numbers of white bass with young fish from 6.5 to 9 inches, and surviving older fish from 13 to 14.5 inches. Channel catfish are abundant with sizes from 10 to 30 inches with many being 15 to 18 inches. The largemouth bass population is not dense in Big Creek. Bass were surveyed from 10 to 22.5 inches with a decent year class of 11.5 to 13.5 inches. There is a population of smallmouth bass present, mostly in the lower portion of the lake, with sizes between 9 and 14 inches. Due to changes in stocking strategy walleye numbers have increased significantly. Many of these fish are still too young to have reached the 15 inch minimum length limit, but there is one large year class from 2011 that will have many individuals at or over 15 inches by the end of 2014 and spring of 2015. The muskie population is increasing thanks to a combination of low water in the past several years and the fish barrier. This has prevented the fish from leaving the lake over the spillway. Muskie densities are reaching management goals following a crash in 2008. The population consists of mostly young fish in the 25 to 35 inch range, but growth rates have historically been good. Chances at muskies over 40 inches will continue to improve in 2015 and after.(2014)


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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 10/28/2013 - 4,100 Walleye (8.9")
  • 05/14/2013 - 1,048 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 05/08/2013 - 1,800,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/29/2012 - 4,717 Walleye (8.5")
  • 05/24/2012 - 32,097 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/01/2012 - 1,100 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 04/20/2012 - 1,766,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/24/2011 - 3,997 Walleye (8.3")
  • 09/08/2011 - 2,335 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 06/10/2011 - 31,780 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/12/2011 - 1,828,625 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/20/2010 - 7,172 Walleye (9.6")
  • 10/12/2009 - 4,415 Walleye (9.4")
  • 09/18/2009 - 4,800 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 05/08/2009 - 1,100 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 10/14/2008 - 5,664 Walleye (9.0")
  • 05/21/2008 - 1,443 Muskellunge (13.5")
  • 10/15/2007 - 6,033 Walleye (9.7")
  • 05/20/2007 - 4,928 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 10/20/2006 - 4,015 Walleye (9.5")
  • 09/25/2006 - 4,000 Channel Catfish (6.2")
  • 05/03/2006 - 900 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 10/19/2005 - 3,003 Walleye (9.9")
  • 10/07/2005 - 4,001 Channel Catfish (7")
  • 10/22/2004 - 5,199 Channel Catfish (6")

Regulations

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: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum length limit
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 20 inches may be taken per day
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
  • White sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.

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.

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