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Little River Watershed Lake

General Information

County: Decatur
Location: 1 mile west of Leon
Acres: 743.00
Maximum Depth: 36.9 ft. (2009 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Amenities

Amenities at Little River Watershed Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are approximately 75 degrees. River flows have increased and are variable with recent rains. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.
Little River lake access is good.
Walleye - Fair: Walleye up to 15 inches have been caught using bottom bouncers or trolling crankbaits along points.

Fishing Forecast

Largemouth bass were sampled in high abundance. Most bass ranged from 5 to 12 inches with several exceeding 15 inches. Walleyes were sampled in high abundance with most between 11 to 13 inches in length. Bluegills were sampled in moderate abundance with some reaching 8 inches. Crappies were sampled in low abundance with most ranging between 4 to 5 inches in length. Channel catfish were sampled in moderate abundance with most ranging between 17 to 23 inches in length.(2013)


Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 06/20/2013 - 2,100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/04/2012 - 1,440 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 06/28/2012 - 21,490 Largemouth Bass (1.8")
  • 06/18/2012 - 7,720 Channel Catfish (2.2")
  • 05/18/2012 - 7,780 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • 05/11/2012 - 1,100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/20/2012 - 150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/12/2012 - 186,200 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 03/29/2012 - 750 Largemouth Bass (4.6")
  • 03/26/2012 - 4,264 Channel Catfish (9.4")
  • 10/15/2008 - 7,600 Walleye (9.0")
  • 06/10/2008 - 18,089 Walleye (1.5")
  • 10/18/2007 - 7,778 Walleye (10")
  • 09/14/2007 - 2,010 Channel Catfish (7.7")
  • 06/07/2007 - 5,508 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 06/01/2007 - 18,666 Walleye (1.5")
  • 10/23/2006 - 6,501 Walleye (9.9")
  • 09/29/2006 - 5,500 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • 09/21/2006 - 4,362 Largemouth Bass (5.4")
  • 06/05/2006 - 18,000 Walleye (1.6")
  • 09/07/2005 - 6,560 Largemouth Bass (5")
  • 06/06/2005 - 36,500 Walleye (1.3")
  • 11/05/2004 - 300 Largemouth Bass (10")
  • 09/15/2004 - 3,500 Channel Catfish (7")
  • 06/07/2004 - 21,058 Walleye (2")

Regulations

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: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • 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:

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.

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