Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond)

General Information

County: Pottawattamie
Location: North 25th street exit off interstate 29. Nash Blvd to Big Lake Road. Northeast Council Bluffs.
Acres: 5.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Lake Manawa State Park


Amenities at Big Lake (Including Gilbert's Pond) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Community Fishing Location
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  • Jan 2016 - 1,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/15/2015 - 270 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 6 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,900 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Winter 2013 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/20/2013 - 500 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • winter 2012 - 2,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2011 - 200 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2011 - 1,800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/22/2011 - 150 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/29/2011 - 400 Largemouth Bass (1.7")
  • 10/21/2010 - 950 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 06/15/2010 - 1,100 Channel Catfish (2.0")
  • 06/15/2010 - 770 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 04/13/2010 - 7,000 Bluegill (1.2")
  • winter 2009 - 1,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2008 - 3,450 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bigmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
  • Rainbow Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
A spring 2012 electrofishing survey of the fish population in the lake sampled largemouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, black bullhead, common carp, bigmouth buffalo, and rainbow trout. It is not good for the fishery that the river fish have re-established populations in Big Lake. Rainbow trout are stocked fall and winter to boost the fishing in this urban lake. Fishing will center around a few quality size crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and rainbow trout.(2018)


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.