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Upper Pine Lake

General Information

County: Hardin
Location: 1/2 mile east of Eldora
Acres: 69.00
Maximum Depth: 16.2 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only


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

Fishing Report

For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Anglers are catching panfish (bluegill, crappie) from both lakes and the Iowa River below the Steamboat Rock dam.

Fishing Forecast

Upper Pine Lake contains decent sized bluegills, crappie and largemouth bass. Anglers can usually target these fish from the shoreline, especially in the spring and fall. Channel catfish also are an excellent species to target.(2012)

Lake Maps

Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 05/29/2013 - 1,396 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 09/13/2012 - 1,240 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 05/08/2012 - 702 Northern Pike (2.8")
  • 05/18/2011 - 858 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 09/14/2010 - 992 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 05/18/2010 - 728 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/13/2009 - 728 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 09/09/2008 - 1,240 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 05/07/2008 - 704 Northern Pike (2.4")
  • 09/12/2006 - 1,544 Channel Catfish (6.8")
  • 09/22/2005 - 1,450 Channel Catfish (6.2")


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:

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.