Fort Des Moines Pond
Amenities at Fort Des Moines Pond include:
- Good/Excellent Shorefishing
- Gravel Boat Ramp
Fort Des Moines Pond provides an excellent urban fishing opportunity. Fish sampling showed an abundant largemouth bass population with fish ranging in size from 9 to 14.5 inches. No bass were sampled over the 15 inch minimum length limit, which is common in urban areas. Bluegills are present in very good numbers with a good portion of the population over 7 inches in length, making them acceptable to anglers. Channel catfish are available in good abundance varying in size from 9 to 27 inches. Crappies have historically been present, but were not found in recent sampling suggesting their numbers are currently very low.(2012)
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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.