Iowa DNR's Twitter Iowa DNR's Flicker Iowa DNR's YouTube Iowa DNR's Pinterest Iowa DNR's Facebook | Iowa Outdoors Magazine | News | Contact Us

Site Search  search button

Hacklebarney East

General Information

County: Montgomery
Location: 4 miles north of Villisca
Acres: 10.00
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (1977)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only


Amenities at Hacklebarney East include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Gravel Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Water temperatures remain around 80 degrees in the southwest district. Bluegills and crappie can be caught drifting open water. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587
Black Crappie - No Report: Try fishing early morning or late afternoon for crappies averaging 10 inches.
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting or slow trolling the lake with black jigs tipped with crawler. Fish average 8 inches.
Hacklebarney has good water clarity with a nice ring of aquatic vegetation.

Fishing Forecast

The fishery in Hacklebarney East Lake is in good all around condition. Fish species present in the lake include largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, redear sunfish, and channel catfish. The latest fishery survey from May of 2013 indicates the lake has good number of largemouth bass in the 12 to 14-inch range. Only a few bass above the 15-inch minimum length limit were sampled. Bluegills in the 8-inch range and redear sunfish from 7 to 9-inches were abundant. Black crappie average length was 10-inches. Channel catfish are stocked during odd numbered years to maintain their population. This small lake would be a good choice if you are looking for something off the beaten path.(2013)

Lake Maps

Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/17/2013 - 500 Channel Catfish (8.4")
  • 09/15/2011 - 300 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/17/2009 - 170 Channel Catfish (7.7")
  • 09/12/2007 - 270 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 10/10/2005 - 150 Channel Catfish (7")


The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Green sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:

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

Lake Reports Summary report information about selected (~130) lakes regarding water quality, upstream land use, usage, economic value and more. Reports are customizable by the user to include only that information which the user desires to include.

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.