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Mormon Trail Lake

General Information

County: Adair
Location: 1 1/2 miles southeast of Bridgewater
Acres: 33.00
Maximum Depth: 32 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping project.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Amenities

Amenities at Mormon Trail Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

Mormon Trail Lake has a good all around fishery with quality size largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, walleye, and channel catfish available. Largemouth bass ranging from 10 to 18-inches are abundant. The bluegill population is currently low. There is an abundant year class of black crappie in the lake that are 8 inches. These fish should provide good fishing in 2014. Cage reared catfish are stocked during odd numbered years to provide abundant catfish in the lake. The Adair County Conservation Board purchases walleyes every year for Mormon Trail to provide diversity in the fishery. The fishery in Mormon Trail has not always been this good. Back in the early 2000's anglers noticed a decline in the numbers and quality of fish in the lake. A grass carp removal effort was initiated to restore aquatic vegetation and increase reproduction and survival of fish. By 2005 vegetation started to appear and the pounds per acre of bluegill in the lake had doubled and more consistant bass reproduction increased bass numbers. This has become a model for other lakes. (2014)


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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 10/03/2013 - 405 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 05/22/2013 - 808 Channel Catfish (4.8")
  • 05/26/2011 - 800 Channel Catfish (Cage)
  • 05/28/2009 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (5.0")
  • 05/29/2007 - 1,100 Channel Catfish (5.7")
  • 07/07/2005 - 1,200 Channel Catfish (Cage)

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:
  • 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:

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.

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