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Lake Hendricks

General Information

County: Howard
Location: Located 0.5 miles northeast of Riceville.
Acres: 40.00
Maximum Depth: 18.5 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: electric motors only


Amenities at Lake Hendricks include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Peak color is here even though this weeks wind and rain took a few leaves, colors are still amazing. Weekend temperatures will be mid 50's during the day to mid 30's at night. A chance of showers is forecast for Sunday afternoon. Area rivers and streams are in good shape and fish activity is picking up. Catchable trout are being stocked into all streams at this time but all streams are unannounced. For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Panfishing is good this week. Shoreline anglers need to cast farther into the lake to find fish. Try fishing the jetties at either side of the dam.
Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching a few gills by casting further into the lake. Try using a hook tipped with a worm fished under a bobber.
Crappie - Good: Anglers are catching crappies along the rockier shorelines or where there is habitat. Use little jigs tipped with imitation minnows for the big ones.
Largemouth Bass - Slow: Spinners and plastic tube jigs will work for bass. Try a slow retrieve for sluggish fish.

Fishing Forecast

Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/30/2013 - 906 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 09/14/2011 - 901 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/15/2010 - 360 Channel Catfish (2.0")
  • 06/15/2010 - 250 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 04/14/2010 - 2,500 Bluegill (1.2")
  • 09/22/2009 - 765 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 09/18/2007 - 900 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/11/2006 - 1,120 Channel Catfish (6.8")
  • 09/22/2005 - 1,050 Channel Catfish (6.2")
  • 07/13/2004 - 1,400 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:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • 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.