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Red Haw Lake

General Information

County: Lucas
Location: 1 mile east of Chariton
Acres: 76.00
Maximum Depth: 36.2 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping project.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only


Amenities at Red Haw Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Beach
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Please remember to take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean and unlittered. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.
Bluegill - Good: Anglers report the best bait has been a bobber and a chunk of nightcrawler. Try areas around submerged structures and along the fishing jetties.
Crappie - Fair: Anglers have been catching some crappies using the same bait while fishing for bluegills. Use a chunk of nightcrawler fished under a bobber.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have been using crankbaits along the shoreline and the face of the dam. Try rubber worms around the aquatic vegetation.

Fishing Forecast

Largemouth bass are abundant and growth rates are good. Most fish are traditionally less than 15 inches in length. Crappie, bluegill, and redear sunfish growth remains slow. Few fish eight inches and greater are present. We continue to monitor these populations and as these early year classes age growth for all species will improve overall, as will the size of fish available to anglers.(2009)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake


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

Lake Reports Summary report information about selected (~130) lakes regarding water quality, upstream land use, usage, economic value and more. Reports are customizable by the user to include only that information which the user desires to include.

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.