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Lake of the Hills

General Information

County: Scott
Location: .25 miles west of Davenport (CCB)
Acres: 55.00
Maximum Depth: 22.3 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only


Amenities at Lake of the Hills include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.
The trout are still active and biting. Remember Lake of the Hills is the only lake in West Lake Park where the use of live minnows as bait is allowed.
Rainbow Trout - Good: The trout are active and hitting on a variety of baits and lures. Try jigs, spinners, corn under a bobber, and worms until you find what they want at that time.
Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish are htting on stinkbaits and worms off the jetty and in the Gate 6 area.
Crappie - Fair: Anglers are picking up a few crappies using worms around the brush piles near the boat ramp.

Fishing Forecast

There are numerous bluegills in Lake-of-the-Hills that fall within the 5-7 inch range. Largemouth bass are prevalent and many are greater than legal size (15 inches). Channel catfish are abundant; moreover, angling an occasional catfish greater than 17 inches is quite likely. Crappies are present in the lake, but many do not reach sizes desirable by anglers. Rainbow trout were stocked (1500-1800 per stocking event) in March and November of 2008. Common carp and gizzard shad are present in the lake.(2008)

Lake Maps

Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • Winter 2013 - 200 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • Winter 2013 - 3,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2012 - 100 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2012 - 3,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/20/2012 - 2,799 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • winter 2011 - 200 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2011 - 1,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2010 - 3,500 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 10/16/2010 - 100 Brook Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/09/2010 - 2,238 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • winter 2009 - 1,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • winter 2008 - 3,240 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/10/2008 - 2,802 Channel Catfish (7.3")
  • winter 2007 - 4,500 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 06/27/2007 - 20,000 Largemouth Bass (1.7")
  • 10/21/2006 - 1,500 Rainbow Trout (2-3/l)
  • 09/21/2006 - 2,802 Channel Catfish (6.1")
  • 09/29/2005 - 2,100 Channel Catfish (6.2")


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:
  • Rainbow Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout

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.