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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 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 below 80 degrees. River flows 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.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught on crankbaits, spinners, and top water along the weed lines.
Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught with small jigs and worms along weed lines and rock reefs.

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)

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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.