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Lost Island Lake

General Information

County: Palo Alto
Location: 3 miles north of Ruthven
Acres: 1162.00
Maximum Depth: 15.7 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Amenities

Amenities at Lost Island Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

For lake updates and fishing information for Northwest Iowa, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840.
Walleye - Fair: Cooling water temperatures should have fish more active. Troll crank baits near rocky structures and outside weed edges or drift a jig tipped with a shiner for your best success.
Yellow Bass - Fair: Small jigs tipped with twister tails will get you a few small yellows with the occasional keeper.
White Bass - Fair: Folks looking for a little action should try a hair jig tipped with a shiner slowly retrieved to entice these guys to bite.

Fishing Forecast

Walleye anglers should continue to catch numbers of stock (10.0 – 14.9 inches) sized fish with quality (15.0 – 19.9 inches) size not uncommon in the catch. Continued good walleye angling will exist at Lost Island Lake as the 2011 year class will sustain the fishery for the next few years. Catfish anglers will continue to enjoy quality angling as good numbers of angler acceptable size fish is available for the upcoming 2014 season. Black bullheads will provide quality angling with numbers of large fish available for harvest. (2014)


Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 10/11/2013 - 2,173 Largemouth Bass (3.75")
  • 10/08/2013 - 1,095 Northern Pike (10.0")
  • 09/27/2013 - 33,159 Walleye (3.3")
  • 09/23/2013 - 3,114 Walleye (7.0")
  • 05/30/2013 - 13,053 Northern Pike (2.8")
  • 10/11/2012 - 1,018 Northern Pike (9.1")
  • 09/24/2012 - 3,800 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 05/07/2012 - 6,525 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 04/13/2012 - 1,150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/04/2011 - 692 Northern Pike (8.3")
  • 09/22/2011 - 6,425 Largemouth Bass (4.3")
  • 09/22/2011 - 46,088 Walleye (4.0")
  • 05/17/2011 - 6,657 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/13/2011 - 1,827,155 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/26/2010 - 6,000 Largemouth Bass (4.0")
  • 10/12/2010 - 484 Northern Pike (10.0")
  • 10/04/2010 - 27,128 Walleye (5.0")
  • 05/18/2010 - 8,393 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 04/27/2010 - 1,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/19/2009 - 4,000 Largemouth Bass (4.5")
  • 10/09/2009 - 522 Northern Pike (10.0")
  • 06/24/2009 - 14,924 Walleye (2.3")
  • 05/08/2009 - 13,042 Northern Pike (2.8")
  • 05/01/2009 - 1,150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/06/2009 - 737,119 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 10/02/2008 - 15,201 Walleye (5.4")
  • 09/15/2008 - 3,800 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 05/14/2008 - 1,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/06/2008 - 26,560 Northern Pike (2.3")
  • 05/04/2007 - 1,100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/10/2006 - 6,390 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 04/28/2006 - 1,150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/03/2005 - 9,057 Northern Pike (2.2")
  • 04/21/2005 - 1,151,892 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/24/2004 - 1,000,000 Walleye (Fry)

Regulations

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

  • Bigmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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: Except for border lakes
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Freshwater Drum
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Green sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • 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

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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.

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