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Brinker Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: N edge Waterloo
Acres: 134.00
Maximum Depth: 58 ft. (2004 - from 2004 lake map)
Motoring Restrictions: No Wake until 9 am/ none after 9am


Amenities at Brinker Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

The upcoming forecast for the weekend calls for a low percentage of showers. The interior rivers are in excellent condition and should offer fabulous angling opportunities for many species. Lakes are now in their summer mode, concentrate for panfish in deeper water and around structure. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the Manchester District Office @ 563-927-3276.
There have been good reports of anglers catching largemouth bass out of Brinker Lake. Crappies have also been biting on slip bobber and minnow rig fished in around eight to ten feet of water.
Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a slip bobber near structure in eight to ten feet of water.
Walleye - Fair: Try trolling crankbaits around the lake using a three-way rig to locate aggressive fish.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting top water artificial baits during early morning or early evening hours for good top water action. Try spinner baits throughout the mid-day hours.

Fishing Forecast

Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake


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.