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Ankeny Lake (DMACC)

General Information

County: Polk
Location: Ankeny, DMACC Campus
Acres: 14.00
Maximum Depth: 16 ft. (2019)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Big Creek State Park


Amenities at Ankeny Lake (DMACC) include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Community Fishing Location
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  • 09/21/2021 - 228 Channel Catfish (9.2)
  • 09/12/2019 - 250 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • 10/09/2018 - 299 Channel Catfish (8.3)
  • 09/28/2015 - 200 Channel Catfish (8")
    No known aquatic invasive species have been found
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:
  • 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:
Fishery surveys in 2023 showed larger Bluegills being 6.5- to 7-inches. Black Crappies are present in fair numbers. The larger crappies are mostly 8- to 9-inches with some fish up to 10-inches. Largemouth Bass are very abundant at sizes from 9- to 14-inches. Bass were surveyed up to 19.5-inches. Channel Catfish were targeted in 2023 surveys and were found in good numbers at sizes from 12- to 20-inches.(2023)
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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.