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Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond)

General Information

County: Pottawattamie
Location: North 25th street exit off interstate 29. Nash Blvd to Big Lake Road. Northeast Council Bluffs.
Acres: 21.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:


Amenities at Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

A spring 2012 electrofishing survey of the fish population in the lake sampled largemough bass, bluegill, white crappie, black bullhead, common carp, bigmouth buffalo, and rainbow trout. It is not good for the fishery that the river fish have re-established populations in Big Lake. Fishing will center around a few quality size crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and rainbow trout.(2013)

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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.