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DeSoto Bend

General Information

County: Harrison
Location: 5 miles west of Missouri Valley
Acres: 811.00
Maximum Depth: 26 ft. (1980)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at DeSoto Bend include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

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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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.