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Crystal Lake

General Information

County: Hancock
Location: north edge of Crystal Lake
Acres: 244.00
Maximum Depth: 18.4 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Amenities

Amenities at Crystal Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Bluegill - Good: Anglers have had good luck but the spawn should be about done. Look for beds close to shore from the jetty's or near the boat ramp. A bobber set about a foot down with a 1/16 ounce jig tipped with a piece of nightcrawler or redworm should work.
Crappie - Slow: Some anglers have had success on plastic 1/16th oz. tube jigs by the first buoy in front of the boat launch. in about 7 ft of water drifting/ light casting. Also some action along the dredge line as the depth goes from 13 to 17 ft.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers seem to be fishing with artificial worms or weedless presentations on the weededges with good luck.

Fishing Forecast

Bluegill and crappie angling remains excellent. The bluegill size range is 7.5 to 9 inches. The black crappie size is 9-11 inches. Largemouth bass numbers are good with fish up to 17 inches available. Walleye, northern pike, and channel catfish are also available.(2015)


Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 07/17/2013 - 7,556 Walleye (2.4")
  • 05/29/2013 - 2,808 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 10/11/2012 - 243 Northern Pike (8.3")
  • 09/13/2012 - 1,580 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/08/2012 - 2,748 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 10/10/2011 - 8,350 Walleye (4.1")
  • 05/18/2011 - 1,490 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 04/12/2011 - 49,800 Bluegill (1.3")
  • 09/14/2010 - 1,264 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 06/23/2010 - 26,400 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/18/2010 - 1,357 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 10/07/2009 - 9,771 Walleye (4.5")
  • 09/30/2009 - 117,000 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 06/24/2009 - 26,400 Largemouth Bass (1.4")
  • 05/21/2009 - 28,000 Channel Catfish (3.6")
  • 05/13/2009 - 4,942 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 04/08/2009 - 149,000 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 04/03/2009 - 260,408 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 09/22/2005 - 210 Channel Catfish (6.2")
  • 05/03/2005 - 1,234 Northern Pike (2.2")

Regulations

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

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • 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

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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.

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