Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond)
North 25th street exit off interstate 29. Nash Blvd to Big Lake Road. Northeast Council Bluffs.
Amenities at Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond) include:
- Boat Access
- Picnic Area
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
- Accessible Shoreline
The fishery in Big Lake (Gilberts Pond) was renovated in 2009. Restocking begin in the spring of 2010 when 7,000 bluegills (1-inch) are stocked. Largemouth bass (700) and channel catfish (1,000) were introduced in the summer of 2010. Rainbow trout are stocked every fall and winter to provide a unique fishing opportunity in the Council Bluffs area. (2012)
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Popular Fish Species at this Lake
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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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.