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Lower Gar Lake

General Information

County: Dickinson
Location: ½ mile south of Arnolds Park
Acres: 251.00
Maximum Depth: 8.1 ft. (2003 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none


Amenities at Lower Gar Lake include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

Opportunities exist in the spring to catch walleye, northern pike, channel catfish, bullheads, largemouth bass and panfish in Lower Gar Lake. The bridge and north shoreline are constant producers; however, other areas should not be overlooked. Fish northern pike and channel catfish shortly after the ice out using cut bait fished on the bottom. Walleye anglers will produce good results casting twisters and other traditional baits throughout the spring season. Action starts early after ice out for bluegill, yellow perch and crappie anglers. Fish the shallow water habitat and docks throughout the spring season for a good mixed bag of fish. Fishing the shallow water areas located along the state park will provide bullhead anglers excellent opportunities to catch exceptional numbers of large fish. Other species (white bass and largemouth bass) caught by the specialized Lower Gar Lake angler will be an occasional event; however, anglers will be pleased by the current size of these species. (2015)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking


    The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

    • Black Bullhead
      • Season: Continuous
      • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
      • Possession Limit: unlimited
      • Length Limit: none
      • Other:
    • 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: Except for border lakes
    • 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.

    Lake Mini-report

    Lake Reports Summary report information about selected (~130) lakes regarding water quality, upstream land use, usage, economic value and more. Reports are customizable by the user to include only that information which the user desires to include.

    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.