North edge of Des Moines
Amenities at Saylorville Reservoir include:
- Boat Access
- Fishing Jetty
- Accessible Pier
- Boat Rental
- Picnic Area
- Accessible Facilities
- Good/Excellent Shorefishing
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Fall gill netting occurred in 2012 and a good game fish sample was obtained. White bass are present in good numbers. White bass were sampled in sizes from 7 to 16.5 inches. Most were 7 to 11 inches. White bass fishing was good in 2012 and looks to remain that way in 2013. Wipers were sampled up to 27.5 inches in length. Catch rates of wipers was significantly higher than in past years suggesting the wiper population is on the rise. Crappies are not sampled in big numbers with gill nets, but a good population of both white and black crappie exist with fish commonly from 9 to 13 inches. Walleye catch rates were also up significantly with a large group of fish in the 13 to 17 inch range. These walleye will reach the 15 to 19 inch range during 2013. Channel catfish were sampled in good numbers and good size. Sizes ranged from 8 to over 30 inches, with the majority of fish sampled being over 20 inches. (2012)
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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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.