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Petersons Pit, West

General Information

County: Story
Location: 4 miles northeast of Ames
Acres: 33.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only


Amenities at Petersons Pit, West include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

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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Water Quality

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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.