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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: 12 miles south of Waterloo
Acres: 37.00
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (2004 - Information from Black Hawk County Conservation Board.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only


Amenities at Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for a low percentage of showers. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276.
There have been good reports of nice sized bluegill being taken near structure in deeper water close to the dam. Anglers have had good luck on largemouth bass throughout the day also.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours.
Bluegill - Good: Concentrate near deeper structure close to the dam using a small piece of crawler or waxworn under a slip bobber.

Fishing Forecast

Casey Lake supports healthy populations of bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Casey Lake has been a consistent producer of quality-sized bluegills for many years with fish up to 8 inches or greater in size. Bluegill reproduction, recruitment and growth have been excellent over the years, due in part to the largemouth bass population. Largemouth bass reproduction is good but fish recruit slowly to larger size classes. Catch rates electrofishing usually average 100-125 fish/ hour, which is also reflective of a good bass population. Casey Lake has a small population of crappie, but the ones that do get caught are usually large. Channel catfish are stocked biannually in Casey Lake and do very well. Recruitment to larger sizes is excellent for channel catfish, and fish in the 6-8 pound range are frequently caught.(2013)

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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.