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Mill Creek (Lake)

General Information

County: O'Brien
Location: 1 mile east of Paullina
Acres: 23.00
Maximum Depth: 18 ft. (1981 - Maximum depth 18 feet. Post renovation.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Amenities

Amenities at Mill Creek (Lake) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

Mill Creek Lake will provide anglers quality fishing throughout the 2014 fishing season. Largemouth bass anglers will note a decrease in the numbers of fish caught, however excellent largemouth bass angling will continue with fish, 13 inches and larger common in the catch. Bluegill anglers will find good opportunities at Mill Creek Lake during the 2014 fishing season. Early season (May - June, 2014) will produce a catch dominated by angler acceptable size and larger bluegill common within the catch. Continued good growth of the Mill Creek bluegill population should produce good numbers of quality (6.0 - 7.9 inches) sized fish for the fall (2014) and winter seasons. Channel catfish anglers will find good opportunities for superb angling during the 2014 season and beyond. Currently, quality numbers of angler acceptable sized fish are available. Persistence and patience will be in order for the Mill Creek Lake crappie angler. Anglers fishing the shallow water habitat during April and May will maximize opportunities and find a catch comprised primarily of fish up to 10 inches. (2014)


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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 05/23/2013 - 999 Channel Catfish (5.2")
  • 05/20/2009 - 1,033 Channel Catfish (5.0")
  • 06/21/2007 - 2,500 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/24/2007 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (5.3")
  • 06/22/2006 - 2,500 Largemouth Bass (1.4")
  • 05/17/2006 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (Cage)
  • 03/30/2006 - 17,500 Bluegill (1.5")

Regulations

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

  • 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.
  • 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: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Pumpkinseed
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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 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
  • 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 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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