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Lake Petoka

General Information

County: Polk
Location: northeast edge of Bondurant
Acres: 22.00
Maximum Depth: 19 ft. (1978)
Motoring Restrictions:


Amenities at Lake Petoka include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

Largemouth bass were sampled in fair numbers from 9.5 to 12.5 inches, with a maximum size of just over 15 inches. The bluegill population looks good compared to similar dugout lakes. Most bluegill present are 7 to 7.5 inches, but some exceed 9 inches. At the time of sampling a small white bass population existed with all fish from 13.5 to 14.5 inches. A natural die-off of white bass was reported during the summer of 2013, it is unknown how much of the population remains. A small, but quality sized population of yellow perch is also present. The yellow perch were running between 9 and 10 inches. Channel catfish are present in fair numbers from 11 to 23 inches. Rainbow trout are stocked during the fall/winter and persist into June.(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.

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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.