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Hooper Area Pond

General Information

County: Warren
Location: 6 miles southwest of Indianola
Acres: 33.80
Maximum Depth: 23 ft. (2008 - Observed by Fish Biologist)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Hooper Area Pond include:
  • Boat Access
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

No recent updates

Fishing Forecast

Hooper looks to be an excellent crappie fishery in 2012. Black and white crappies were surveyed in good numbers. White crappie ranged from 7 to 12 inches and the black crappie from 7 to 11 inches. Bluegill sizes are currently less desirable with most fish 6 to a little over 7 inches. There is a large year class of redear sunfish at 7.5 inches with fewer numbers of fish stretching out to 9.5 inches. Largemouth bass are abundant with a good distribution of fish from 8 to 16.5 inches. Hooper has a strong channel catfish population that tends to average larger size fish than most lakes in central Iowa. Most catfish sampled were 20 to 24 inches with fish over 30 inches observed. (2011)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 10/01/2013 - 156 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 09/12/2011 - 531 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/17/2009 - 536 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/21/2007 - 1,200 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 10/10/2005 - 1,000 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:

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.