northeast edge of Bondurant
Amenities at Lake Petoka include:
- Picnic Area
- Accessible Facilities
- Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Lake Petoka had not been sampled since 2003. In 2009, spring electrofishing and summer hoop netting surveys were completed to sample the largemouth bass, panfish, and channel catfish populations. Due to very clear water and little shoreline habitat it was difficult to sample largemouth bass. Largemouth bass were sampled from 4 to 14 inches, but in low numbers. A night-electrofishing sample was done to again target largemouth, but ended with the same results. There are angler reports of some larger bass being caught, but bass densities are likely lower than desired. The bluegill population looks very good. A good number of 7 to 8 inch bluegill were sampled. No crappie were sampled. A small white bass population exists with most around 10.5 inches. Channel catfish are abundant. Most are 11 to 21 inches with some up to 25 inches. (2009)
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