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Swan Lake

General Information

County: Carroll
Location: 3 miles southeast of Carroll
Acres: 100.00
Maximum Depth: 12.6 ft. (2008 - Data taken from statewide lake mapping project.)
Motoring Restrictions: 10 H.P.


Amenities at Swan Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline

Fishing Report

Water temps have cooled slightly over the last week in the Black Hawk District; this may trigger a bite in some of our water bodies. River discharges are above average. For more information on the Black Hawk District call 712-657-2638.
Swan Lake experienced a substantial fish kill during the weekend of August 15th. The fish kill was likely caused by a large diurnal swing in dissolved oxygen levels that dropped to lethal levels during the night or early morning hours. Swan Lake was experiencing a strong algae bloom, which can cause big swings in dissolved oxygen. The fish population will be sampled this fall to determine if additional stocking is needed.

Fishing Forecast

Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/19/2012 - 1,800 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 05/07/2012 - 1,091 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/17/2011 - 1,038 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 09/15/2010 - 1,440 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 09/11/2008 - 1,800 Channel Catfish (7.3")
  • 09/26/2007 - 1,901 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 05/01/2007 - 550 Black Crappie (Adult)
  • 09/18/2006 - 1,600 Channel Catfish (6.8")
  • 06/29/2006 - 10,000 Largemouth Bass (1.5")
  • 10/11/2005 - 1,540 Channel Catfish (7")
  • 06/23/2005 - 10,000 Largemouth Bass (1.5")


The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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: Except for border lakes
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 16-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.

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.