Petersons Pit, West
4 miles northeast of Ames
Electric Motors Only
Amenities at Petersons Pit, West include:
- Boat Access
- Picnic Area
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
The fishery was sampled in 2011. West Peterson Pit offers abundant bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Bluegill are present at sizes smaller than most anglers prefer with the maximum size being 7 inches and the average of about 5.5 inches. Both white and black crappie are present. Black crappie are present in fewer numbers and smaller in size with most fish being between 6 and 8 inches. White crappie are more abundant and reaching sizes more acceptable to anglers. White crappie were sampled up to 11 inches with most falling between 8 to 9.5 inches. With normal to high water levels in the spring anglers should do well catching crappie in any brush or flooded willows. Largemouth bass are present in fair numbers, but good in size. Bass were sampled in sizes from 11 to 19 inches. Channel catfish are present in good numbers and were sampled from 10 to 24 inches with most being between 13 and 17 inches. The shallower, south portion of the lake would be the best place to target catfish during the summer months.(2011)
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