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Lake Sugema

General Information

County: Van Buren
Location: 3 miles southwest of Keosauqua
Acres: 574.00
Maximum Depth: 34 ft. (1993)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Lake Sugema include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Accessible Facilities
  • 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.
Lake Sugema has a 12-18 inch protected slot length limit for largemouth bass. Anglers are encouraged to harvest largemouth bass less than 12" in length to improve overall largemouth bass growth.
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs fished along the shoreline in 2-6 feet of water. Also try a chunk of nightcrawler fished about 12 inches below a bobber.
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers have been catching catfish using crawdads and liver.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Topwater lures should be tried in the early mornings and the evenings. Crankbaits can also be productive this time of year when fished along the jetties and along rocky shorelines.
Walleye - Slow: Try jig and minnow combos along the face of the dam. Try different depths until finding active fish.

Fishing Forecast

Largemouth density is high but size distribution is excellent. The lake is protected by a 12-18 inch protected slot length limit. Fish above the slot are also abundant, and many fish between 15 and 19 inches were sampled in recent surveys. Bluegill are abundant and size quality is good. Anglers will find an abundance of fish 8 inches and greater. Crappie angling has seen an upward trend in recent years and abundance is excellent. Most fish are in the 8 to 10 inch range but larger fish are available. Walleye numbers are improving and recent surveys showed fish up to 24 inches available. (2015)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 10/15/2013 - 8,062 Walleye (8.5")
  • 10/31/2012 - 7,941 Walleye (8.5")
  • 05/02/2012 - 600 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 10/17/2011 - 8,632 Walleye (8.3")
  • 09/29/2011 - 769 Muskellunge (9.8")
  • 06/23/2011 - 4,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 06/23/2011 - 6,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 05/11/2010 - 667 Muskellunge (12.7")
  • 10/16/2009 - 2,880 Walleye (9.2")
  • 09/08/2009 - 4,115 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 10/27/2008 - 8,192 Walleye (10.0")
  • 09/25/2008 - 6,000 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 05/19/2008 - 1,200 Muskellunge (13.5")
  • 11/01/2007 - 7,776 Walleye (10")
  • 10/26/2006 - 824 Muskellunge (7.3")
  • 09/27/2006 - 8,687 Walleye (7.2")
  • 05/02/2006 - 1,148 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 10/14/2005 - 6,218 Walleye (7.5")


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: All 12 to 18-inch fish must be immediately released
    • 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.

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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.