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Willow Lake

General Information

County: Harrison
Location: 5 1/2 mile west of Woodbine
Acres: 26.00
Maximum Depth: 24 ft. (1979)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only


Amenities at Willow Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Anglers are now drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel catfish has been good in the southwest district. For more information call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught casting small jigs in the upper end of the lake.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish can be caught along the campground shoreline with cutbait or liver. Fish average 18 inches.
Willow has extremely good water clarity.

Fishing Forecast

Willow Lake is a steep sided deep lake with excellent water clarity. These same conditions make electrofishing samples ineffective. The largemouth bass population is fairly low in density with very few fish over 15 inches. Willow has quality sized bluegills greater than 7-inches. The channel catfish population is produced by stocking cage reared fish. A good number of catfish in Willow last summer were 13 to 20 inches. Adult black crappie have been stocked in 2008 and 2009 in an attempt to establish crappies in the lake. Fish sampling has not detected any crappie reproduction to date.(2012)

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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.