Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park)

General Information

County: Polk
Location: southwest of West Des Moines; Raccoon River Park
Acres: 232.00
Maximum Depth: 34 ft. (1997)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Walnut Woods State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Blue Heron Lake (Raccoon River Park) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Community Fishing Location
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  • annual 2017 - 3,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 9/13/2017 - 551 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 6/29/2017 - 2,300 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 10/9/2017 - 1,900 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (6.13")
  • 09/29/2015 - 998 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/01/2013 - 2,021 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/17/2012 - 100,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 09/07/2011 - 1,686 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/18/2009 - 2,634 Channel Catfish (8.0")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Freshwater Drum
    • 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.
  • 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:
Blue Heron offers crappie, largemouth bass, channel catfish and hybrid striped bass fishing. Abundant white and black crappies. Sizes are generally less than anglers prefer, but white crappies are a little larger than black crappies. Expect to catch white crappies mostly 7- to 10-inch, while black crappies are mostly under 8 inches. The largemouth bass fishery is good with fish surveyed at all sizes from 8- to 18-inches. Channel catfish are very abundant and the most common sizes surveyed were 10- to 16.5-inches, but good numbers of fish from 17- to 28-inches were also present. Hybrid striped bass continue to be stocked and are doing well. There are increasing chances of catching hybrid striped bass over 25 inches.(2017)

Contacts

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.