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
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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