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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

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

Fishing Report

Good fall crappie fishing is occurring in central Iowa lakes. Water temps are in the mid 50's. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.
Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Trout will be stocked on Thursday, October 23rd around noon. Good fishing can be expected using small jigs, in-line spinners, artificial trout baits, or small minnows or crawlers under a bobber.

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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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • Winter 2013 - 3,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/26/2013 - 152 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • winter 2012 - 3,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 10/14/2011 - 385 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • 10/14/2011 - 1,115 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/12/2011 - 171 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • winter 2010 - 3,338 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2009 - 1,666 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/20/2007 - 489 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 10/10/2005 - 700 Channel Catfish (7")

Regulations

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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.

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.

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