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Banner Lake (south)

General Information

County: Warren
Location: 4 1/2 miles north of Indianola
Acres: 12.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Banner Lake (south) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Good fall crappie fishing is occurring in central Iowa lakes. Water temps are in the low 50's. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Rainbow Trout - Good: 1,400 rainbow trout were stocked on Friday, October 17th. The trout are being caught on small jigs, in-line spinners and artificial trout baits.

Fishing Forecast

Banner Lake South may not be an excellent fishery, but it does provide a unique opportunity to fish very clear water and abundant shoreline habitat. The bluegill are present in high numbers, but as in most strip mine lakes they rarely grow past 6 inches. A fair to good largemouth bass fishery exists. Most bass sampled were between 9 and 14 inches, but a couple fish over 20 inches were also seen. Both white and black crappie are present in low to medium numbers, but white crappie provide a better opportunity. White crappie make up the majority and chances at a large fish exist. White crappie were sampled up to 13 inches with the average being just over 8 inches. Rainbow trout are stocked in the fall and spring and provide good fishing through the cold water months.(2011)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • Winter 2013 - 2,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 10/01/2013 - 155 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • winter 2012 - 2,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 04/02/2011 - 2,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2010 - 6,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2009 - 3,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2008 - 8,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2007 - 8,640 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 05/22/2007 - 1,500 Black Bullhead (8.0")
  • winter 2006 - 3,814 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/25/2006 - 400 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • winter 2005 - 50 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2005 - 4,653 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 10/10/2005 - 500 Channel Catfish (7")
  • winter 2004 - 3,946 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 10/21/2004 - 30 Grass carp (8"-10)
  • 09/21/2004 - 1,000 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:
  • 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.

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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.