5 miles west of Missouri Valley
26 ft. (1980)
No Size Limit at No Wake
Amenities at DeSoto Bend include:
- Boat Access
- Fishing Jetty
- Accessible Pier
- Picnic Area
- Accessible Facilities
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|Anglers are drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel catfish has picked up in the interior rivers as they are returning to base flow. For more information call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587 |
|The refuge enforces a 4 walleye bag with a 15 inch minimum length limit and no more than 1 walleye may exceed 22 inches. The lake has a good catfish population. |
|Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish can be caught on the outside bend of the lake near rock or drifting with cutbait. Desoto has all sizes of catfish. |
|Walleye - Slow: Walleyes are being caught slow trolling crankbaits or drifting crawlers. Fish range in size from 15 to 20 inches.|
The Iowa DNR, Nebraska Game and Parks, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue a joint effort evaluating the fishery in DeSoto Bend Lake. Record flooding on the Missouri River in 2011 breeched the levi and sent flood waters into the lake for most of the summer. Fish sampling efforst in 2012 and '13 indicate that channel catfish benefited the most from the flooding. Quality size largemouth bass are present in the lake but low in numbers. Very few crappies were sampled last year. Walleye stocking resumed in 2013 in an attempt to retore their numbers. Silver carp now jump in the boat wakes as a result of flooding.(2013)
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