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Rock Creek Lake

General Information

County: Jasper
Location: 4 miles northeast of Kellogg
Acres: 466.20
Maximum Depth: 18.1 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Amenities

Amenities at Rock Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Fall fishing is starting with central Iowa water temperatures falling into the upper 60's. For information on central Iowa's lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd or Andy Otting at 515-432-2823.
Crappie - Fair: Crappie are still being caught drifting small panfish jigs or tubes mid lake 4 to 8 foot deep.

Fishing Forecast

Despite the large flood event during the spring of 2013 all species of gamefish in Rock Creek remain in good numbers. The 2013 fish surveys found bluegill to be present in high numbers. The majority were in the 6 to 8 inch range and in good condition. Black crappie are present in high numbers at the 7 to 9 inch range, smaller than what most anglers will prefer, but there are fish available from 9 to 12 inches. White crappie are also abundant and similar in size to the black crappie with most being between 7 and 10 inches. The largemouth bass population looks very good with all sizes surveyed from 10 to 21 inches. A large sample of channel catfish was collected and ranged from 10 to 27 inches. The most abundant sizes are 16 to 19 inches. Walleye are also present in fair numbers and were sampled in sizes from 9 to 23 inches.(2013)


Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/20/2013 - 4,665 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 06/11/2013 - 11,680 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/24/2012 - 12,064 Walleye (1.6")
  • 09/08/2011 - 1,498 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 06/29/2011 - 12,022 Walleye (2.7")
  • 09/15/2009 - 3,060 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 07/08/2009 - 24,364 Walleye (3.0")
  • 06/10/2008 - 12,000 Walleye (1.7")
  • 09/24/2007 - 3,318 Channel Catfish (7.2")
  • 06/01/2007 - 12,710 Walleye (1.5")
  • 09/20/2006 - 500 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • 05/31/2006 - 12,038 Walleye (1.3")
  • 10/07/2005 - 3,200 Channel Catfish (7")
  • 06/06/2005 - 15,869 Walleye (1.3")
  • 10/22/2004 - 3,200 Channel Catfish (6")
  • 06/08/2004 - 13,070 Walleye (2")

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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

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.

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