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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 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

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Fishing Forecast

Hickory Grove Lake provides a quality fishery. The fishery survey in 2014 showed a healthy bluegill population with sizes ranging from 3.5 to just over 9 inches with good numbers of fish from 7 to 8 inches. Both black and white crappies are present in good numbers. The black crappies ranged from 5.5 to 12 inches with most around 9 inches. The white crappies ranged from 7 to 11.5 inches with most around 9 inches as well. Largemouth bass were sampled in good numbers. The bass surveyed were from 8 to 22 inches. The majority of bass are in the 11 to 15 inch size range. The channel catfish population is in good condition with fish in all sizes from 9.5 to just over 30 inches. (2014)

Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/26/2013 - 500 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/13/2011 - 762 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/16/2009 - 1,360 Channel Catfish (7.9")
  • 09/20/2007 - 2,265 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/20/2006 - 1,760 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • 10/07/2005 - 2,200 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: 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.

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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.