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Carter Lake

General Information

County: Pottawattamie
Location: North edge of Carter Lake.
Acres: 315.00
Maximum Depth: 28 ft. (1980)
Motoring Restrictions: none


Amenities at Carter Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

The fishery in Carter Lake continues to develope following fall 2010 renovation project. Largemouth bass fishing returned to the lake in 2014 and quality size fish will again be caught this year. Bluegills in last fall's sample were 6-inches and black crappies were 5 to 6-inches. Channel catfish were stocked into the lake in 2011 and '13. Fishing for catfish was good last year. The fishery is right on schedule except the common carp have made it back to the lake, bad news for the water quality. The carp are now 13 to 16-inches.(2015)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/17/2013 - 500 Channel Catfish (8.4")
  • 06/28/2012 - 8,560 Largemouth Bass (1.4")
  • 09/15/2011 - 3,301 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 06/29/2011 - 23,000 Largemouth Bass (1.7")
  • 10/26/2010 - 1,500 Largemouth Bass (4.0")
  • 10/19/2010 - 150,000 Bluegill (1.0")
  • 10/03/2005 - 1,500 Channel Catfish (7.3")


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: Associated chutes and backwaters of border rivers (Missouri, Big Sioux, and Des Moines) where intermittent or constant flow occur have a catfish combined daily bag of 15 fish. Associated chutes and backwaters of the Mississippi River have no daily bag or possession limit.
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • 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:

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.