Hickory Grove Lake
3 miles southwest of Colo
36.4 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Electric Motors Only
Amenities at Hickory Grove Lake include:
- Boat Access
- Fishing Jetty
- Accessible Pier
- Boat Rental
- Picnic Area
- Accessible Facilities
- Good/Excellent Shorefishing
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|For good summer fishing anglers should drift/slow troll the open water for bluegill and crappie. The Des Moines River Reservoirs are starting to produce 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.|
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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