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Pilot Grove Lake

General Information

County: Montgomery
Location: 5 miles east of Elliott
Acres: 5.00
Maximum Depth: 9 ft. (1974)
Motoring Restrictions:


Amenities at Pilot Grove Lake include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing

Fishing Report

No recent updates

Fishing Forecast

In 2010, Pilot Grove was stocked with bluegill (3,500), Largemouth bass (400), and channel catfish (500). The fishery developed rapidly and in a June, 2012 electrofishing survey there were largemouth bass up to 13 inches, bluegill at 5.5 inches, white crappie at 7 inches, and 7 inch black bullheads. The white crappies and black bullheads likely came from a pond in the watershed. Look for this fishery to start producing some good fishing in 2013 and '14.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/17/2013 - 125 Channel Catfish (8.4")
  • 06/21/2011 - 400 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 06/15/2010 - 500 Channel Catfish (4.7")
  • 06/15/2010 - 400 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 04/13/2010 - 3,500 Bluegill (1.2")
  • 10/06/2009 - 3,000 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 10/10/2005 - 75 Channel Catfish (7")


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

  • 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:
  • 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

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.