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Lake Wapello

General Information

County: Davis
Location: 7 miles west of Drakesville
Acres: 289.00
Maximum Depth: 33.7 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Lake Wapello include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • 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. Use caution in south central Iowa as the lakes and ponds have varying thicknesses of ice.
Very little fishing activity has been occurring and very few anglers have been out. Ice thickness varies by area and ice conditions have deteriorated during the past 10 days. Use caution when venturing out onto the ice and drill a lot of test holes. There is open water out from the beach.

Fishing Forecast

Lake Maps

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

Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/27/2013 - 889 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (6")
  • 09/14/2012 - 2,000 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 06/28/2012 - 2,044 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 06/28/2012 - 3,114 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 05/27/2011 - 2,102 Channel Catfish (2.0")
  • 10/19/2010 - 20,000 Bluegill (1.0")
  • 09/09/2010 - 2,169 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/22/2010 - 27,100 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 10/28/2009 - 70,000 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 10/27/2009 - 1,161 Channel Catfish (7.3")
  • 10/27/2009 - 5,287 Redear Sunfish (2.6")
  • 06/24/2009 - 13,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 09/20/2006 - 1,400 Channel Catfish (10.7")
  • 09/20/2006 - 2,000 Largemouth Bass (3.5")


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: Catch and release only
    • Possession Limit: Catch and release only
    • Length Limit: Catch and release only
    • 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.