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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

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

Fishing Report

Anglers continue to catch crappie. Water temperatures have dropped below 60 degrees. For more information call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587
Catfishing has been good at Desoto.
Channel Catfish - Slow: Fish cutbait at the mouth of tributaries that are flowing into the lake. Fish average 18 inches.

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)


Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/22/2009 - 4,800 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 05/05/2009 - 2,400,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/13/2008 - 3,800 Walleye (9.6")
  • 10/16/2007 - 4,201 Walleye (10")
  • 10/16/2006 - 3,200 Walleye (9.7")
  • 10/04/2005 - 4,000 Walleye (5")
  • 10/03/2005 - 4,500 Channel Catfish (7.2")
  • 09/16/2004 - 6,000 Channel Catfish (7")

Regulations

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

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Daily Bag Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply; combined bluegill and crappie, 30 fish
    • Possession Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Length Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Other:
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Daily Bag Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply; combined bluegill and crappie, 30 fish
    • Possession Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Length Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Other:
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Daily Bag Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Length Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Other:
  • Flathead Catfish
    • Season: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Daily Bag Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Length Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Other:
  • Freshwater Drum
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Gizzard shad
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Daily Bag Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply; 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Length Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply; 15"
    • Other:
  • Paddlefish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 2 fish
    • Possession Limit: 4 fish
    • Length Limit: None, except for the Mississippi River (and backwaters) where a 33-inch maximum length limit shall apply; any paddlefish measuring 33 inches or more when measured from the front of the eye to the fork of the tail must be immediately released alive.
    • Other: No hook larger than a 5/0 treble hook or measuring more than 1 ¼ inches in length when two of the hook points are placed on a ruler are permitted when snagging.
  • Sauger
    • 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: Associated chutes and backwaters of border rivers where intermittent or constant flow occur; relevant local length and bag limits for border rivers apply
  • Walleye
    • Season: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Daily Bag Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply; 4 fish
    • Possession Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply
    • Length Limit: Federal Refuge regulations apply; 15"
    • Other:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Associated chutes and backwaters of the Mississippi River are included where intermittent or constant flow occur. In these areas, the daily bag and possession limit for the Mississippi River apply.
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Associated chutes and backwaters of the Mississippi River are included where intermittent or constant flow occur. In these areas, the daily bag and possession limit for the Mississippi River apply.

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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