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West Lake (Osceola)

General Information

County: Clarke
Location: 2 miles west of Osceola
Acres: 320.00
Maximum Depth: 32 ft. (1987)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at West Lake (Osceola) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are approximately 70 degrees. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call 641-464-3108.
Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to nine inches have been caught with minnows fished near the brushpiles or along the dam.
West Lake access is good.

Fishing Forecast

Largemouth bass were sampled in moderate abundance. Bass were sampled in all sizes with some exceeding 20 inches. Bluegills were sampled in low to moderate abundance with most below 7 inches. Crappies were sampled in high abundance with most ranging between 7.5 to 8.5 inches.(2013)

Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 06/28/2012 - 1,810 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 06/28/2012 - 3,336 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 09/06/2011 - 1,226 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 09/08/2009 - 2,720 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 09/14/2007 - 2,010 Channel Catfish (7.7")
  • 06/07/2007 - 5,508 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 09/29/2006 - 1,500 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • 09/15/2004 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (7")


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.