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Easter Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: southeast edge of Des Moines
Acres: 179.10
Maximum Depth: 21.2 ft. (2003 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Easter Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

Bluegill and crappie are both very abundant. Unfortunately, most are not reaching sizes desirable by anglers. Maximum size of bluegill has increased a little since 2010 sampling from 6.5 inches to 7 inches. Black crappie averaged 7 inches and topped out at 9 inches. Most white crappie were 5.5 to 7.5 inches, but a small number of preferable 10 to 11.5 inch fish are present. Largemouth bass are doing well with fish from 10 to 18.5 inches sampled. The average bass size is just under 15 inches. Channel catfish are highly abundant from 9 to 27 inches. The walleye stockings by Polk County Conservation have been fairly successful. Walleyes were sampled ranging in size from 9.5 to 18 inches. A healthy, fishable population appears to exist.(2012)

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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.