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Don Williams Lake

General Information

County: Boone
Location: 5 miles north of Ogden
Acres: 151.00
Maximum Depth: 41.9 ft. (2003 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program. (Soundings provided by USGS))
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Don Williams Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

Multiple fishery surveys were completed in 2013 to evaluate the effects of the chemical treatment during late 2012 to eliminated gizzard shad. No gizzard shad were observed in 2013 and the treatment appears to have been successful. In addition to removing gizzard shad the treatment reduced the numbers of gamefish. Largemouth bass remained in low to fair numbers with adult fish from 11 to 21 inches. These remaining bass had a successful spawn with very high numbers of young of the year bass present in the fall ranging from 4 to 8 inches. Bluegills were the most impacted with low numbers of adult fish remaining in the spring. However, the bluegills that remained also had a successful spawn producing very high numbers of 3 to 4 inch fish by fall. Without gizzard shad, growth should be good and Don Williams will be a lake to watch for bluegill fishing by the winter of 2014 and summer of 2015. Black crappie remained in fish-able numbers and ranged in size from 9 to 11.5 inches. Just like the bass and bluegill, the crappie had a very successful spawn and excellent crappie fishing at Don Williams is likely to return by 2015. The channel catfish population was not significantly impacted by the treatment. Sampling showed good numbers of fish ranging in size from 10 to 27 inches. (2013)

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Water Quality

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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.