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Prairie Rose Lake

General Information

County: Shelby
Location: 8 miles southeast of Harlan
Acres: 173.00
Maximum Depth: 22.2 ft. (2006 - Taken from 2006 lake mapping project.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Prairie Rose Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station

Fishing Report

With water temperatures below 70 degrees fish have moved into a fall pattern associating themselves around deeper structure and brush piles. Interior river levels are high but crappie fishing is good below the Lennon Mills dam on the Middle Raccoon River. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching quality size bluegill around the underwater reefs casting small jigs tipped with powerbait. Boat anglers are drifting or slow trolling in open water areas.
Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel catfish are in the 14 to 16 inch range at this time.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Many 8 to 10 inch bass are being caught in the lake at this time.
The fishery at Prairie Rose is doing well. Bluegill growth has been very good with fish over nine inches being caught this spring and summer. The crappie fishing is still a couple of years away as they were just stocked last fall. Largemouth bass are growing quickly with many 8 to 10 inch fish in the lake at this time. The initial stocking of catfish are in the 14 to 16 inch range.

Fishing Forecast

The restocking effort at Prairie Rose began in 2013. In April, 256 adult largemouth bass were moved into the lake. Bluegill (45,000 at 2 inch) were stocked in May. 12,200 channel catfish were stocked in June and more fingerling largemouth bass were added in July to complete the first year stocking. Bass reporduction was documented in both 2013 and 2014 providing an ample predator population in the lake. In the fall of 2014 those bass ranged from 8 to 10-inches. The bluegill population has developed rapidly. Bluegill over 8-inches were sampled but the majority of the bluegill population was 6-inches. 800 Adult black crappies were stocked in 2014. Fishing at Prairie Rose Lake should ramp up during the 2015 season. Look for bluegills on the beds in late May and plan on doing a lot of catch and release bass fishing. Harvestable size channel catfish should show up in 2015. Crappie fishing is still a few years out.(2014)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 07/02/2013 - 12,000 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/01/2013 - 45,000 Bluegill (2")
  • 09/19/2006 - 2,022 Largemouth Bass (4.9")
  • 10/05/2005 - 3,000 Channel Catfish (6.6")


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.