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Hickory Grove Lake

General Information

County: Story
Location: 3 miles southwest of Colo
Acres: 100.30
Maximum Depth: 36.4 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Amenities

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

Fishing Report

For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. The Des Moines River Reservoirs are producing some good white bass fishing. For information on central Iowa's lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are now being caught off pallet piles in 5 to 15 foot of water. The bluegill are good size running from 7-9 inches.
Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies drifting tube jigs or trolling small crankbaits out from the Oriole Ridge Lodge shoreline.

Fishing Forecast

Hickory Grove Lake provides a quality fishery. The fishery survey in 2013 showed a healthy bluegill population with sizes ranging from 4 to just over 9 inches with good numbers of fish from 7 to 8.5 inches available to anglers. Both black and white crappie are present in fair numbers. The black crappies ranged from 5 to 12.5 inches. The white crappies ranged from 6 to 12 inches. Largemouth bass were sampled in good numbers. The bass sampled were from 8 to just over 20 inches. The majority of bass are in the 11 to 15 inch size range. Channel catfish were not targeted in 2013 surveys, however, Hickory Grove consistently has a very abundant catfish population with all sizes from 8 to 30 inches. (2013)


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Regulations

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.

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