Hickory Grove Lake
3 miles southwest of Colo
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
The fishery in Hickory Grove looks very good. Sampling in 2012 showed a quality bluegill population with sizes ranging from 3 to just over 9 inches. The average size was just over 7 inches. Both black and white crappie are present in fair numbers and respectable sizes. The black crappies ranged from 7 to 12.5 inches. The white crappies ranged from 7.5 to 13 inches. Largemouth bass were not sampled in large numbers during 2012 due to very clear water early in the summer at the time of the sample. The bass sampled were from 10 to just over 15 inches. Historically, Hickory Grove has been a quality bass fishery and should continue to be. Channel catfish are very abundant with sizes from 8 to 27 inches. Most catfish fall between 16 and 23.5 inches. (2012)
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