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Crystal Lake

General Information

County: Hancock
Location: north edge of Crystal Lake
Acres: 244.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: none


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

Fishing Report

Most of the area lakes are melting near shore and the ice is unstable. The streams and rivers are ice-free and should provide some action for northerns and wallye and perhaps a smallmouth. Try below some of the dams with a jig and minnow. For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting along shore in shallower water. Cast a 3/16 ounce leadhead jig with a minnow hooked throught the lips.
Open water.

Fishing Forecast

Bluegill and crappie angling has been excellent at Crystal Lake. Bluegills range in size from 7-8 inches with a few fish approaching 9 inches. Crappie are 8-10 inches with an occasional larger fish. Largemouth bass angling remains good with fish over 18 inches available. Quality northern pike and walleye will be a bonus catch when angling at Crystal Lake.(2014)

Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake


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.