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Cold Springs Lake

General Information

County: Cass
Location: 1 mile south of Lewis.
Acres: 16.00
Maximum Depth: 14 ft. (1979)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only


Amenities at Cold Springs Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Water temperatures have cooled down on area lakes. Interior rivers have come up again after recent rains. Anglers are still drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Catfishing has been good on lakes. For more information call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 7.5 inches can be caught casting small jigs or nightcrawlers under a bobber.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Fish cut bait in 5 feet of water to catch channel catfish ranging from 2 to 6 pounds.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast plastics or small spinnerbaits on the north side of the lake and along the dam to catch bass of all sizes.
Bluegill fishing in Cold Springs is coming back after the 2006 renovation. Bass fishing is also good. Cold Springs has an 18 inch size limit on largemouth bass.

Fishing Forecast

Last summers survey included largemouth bass 16 to 19-inches, bluegills 5-inches, and redear sunfish 4 to 6-inches. The channel catfish population is currently low in numbers. Additional catfish were stocked into the lake last fall. The excess aquatic vegetation during some years has slowed the recovery of the fishery especially the bluegills. The bluegill population was thinned using a low dose rotenone treatment. It has yet to be determined if this improved the growth of the bluegill.(2014)

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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.

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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.