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Lake Macbride

General Information

County: Johnson
Location: 4 miles West of Solon
Acres: 889.00
Maximum Depth: 45 ft. (2003 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping project (USGS provided soundings).)
Motoring Restrictions: From Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, there is a 10 hp limit at 5 mph maximum speed.

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Macbride include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline

Fishing Report

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Any size motor may be operated at no-wake speed (5 mph). Water temps have been 67-72 degrees this week.
Crappie - Fair: Fish around brush with jigs or minnows. The bite seems to be picking up and should continue to get better as the water cools down. Most fish are 8-9", with larger fish up to 13" being caught occasionally.
Walleye - Slow:

Fishing Forecast


Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 07/11/2013 - 18,000 Largemouth Bass (1.4")
  • 06/26/2013 - 10,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.4")
  • 06/10/2013 - 28,683 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/08/2013 - 2,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/01/2013 - 500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/10/2012 - 6,582 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 07/03/2012 - 2,850 Walleye (4.5")
  • 05/17/2012 - 28,028 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/11/2012 - 2,720,286 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/01/2012 - 940 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 04/11/2012 - 500,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 08/30/2011 - 4,362 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 06/08/2011 - 28,212 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/11/2011 - 1,113,763 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/04/2010 - 25,999 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/11/2010 - 940 Muskellunge (12.7")
  • 05/11/2010 - 1,000,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 04/27/2010 - 1,253,106 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/21/2009 - 4,800 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 07/08/2009 - 5,700 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (3.0")
  • 06/03/2009 - 38,123 Walleye (1.8")
  • 05/06/2009 - 200 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 05/04/2009 - 1,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/02/2008 - 8,166 Channel Catfish (8.1")
  • 06/10/2008 - 23,322 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/20/2008 - 896 Muskellunge (13.5")
  • 05/13/2008 - 2,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 07/19/2007 - 5,312 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 06/20/2007 - 4,095 Channel Catfish (7.0")
  • 05/31/2007 - 57,171 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/15/2007 - 681 Muskellunge (13.2")
  • 09/13/2006 - 1,720 Channel Catfish (7.0")
  • 08/07/2006 - 7,680 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 06/21/2006 - 12,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.5")
  • 06/07/2006 - 40,479 Walleye (1.2")
  • 05/31/2006 - 39,336 Walleye (1.3")
  • 04/24/2006 - 1,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/11/2006 - 6,026 Northern Pike (2.0")
  • 09/14/2005 - 9,200 Channel Catfish (6.4")
  • 09/12/2005 - 1,805 Northern Pike (8")
  • 06/06/2005 - 37,703 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/06/2005 - 2,300 Northern Pike (2.1")
  • 05/06/2005 - 8,473 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 04/26/2005 - 1,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/06/2005 - 5,700 Northern Pike (2.1")
  • 09/20/2004 - 8,118 Channel Catfish (7")
  • 06/22/2004 - 41,231 Walleye (1.5")
  • 06/07/2004 - 38,623 Walleye (2")
  • 05/13/2004 - 7,157 Northern Pike (2.1")
  • 04/28/2004 - 950,000 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:
  • 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.
  • Flathead 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:
  • Gizzard shad
    • 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:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Quillback Carpsucker
    • 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.
  • Smallmouth buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Spotted 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:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
  • Yellow bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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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