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Lake Belva Deer

General Information

County: Keokuk
Location: 5 miles northeast of Sigourney
Acres: 264.00
Maximum Depth: 41.3 ft. (2014)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Lake Belva Deer include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For more information on the above lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at (319) 694-2430.
The water temperature is back in the mid 70's now. Water clarity remains decent at just under 4 feet. Curlyleaf beds are still thick but are starting to die back as the water warms.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies can be found out in 10 to 12 foot of water either by vertically jigging or slow drift trolling.
Bluegill - Good: The bluegills are out in deeper water now. Fish in the early morning (before 10 am) out in 6-8 foot of water along the edges of the dwindling curlyleaf beds and out a little deeper than that in the flooded trees.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Still can find some nice sized bass along the edges of the weedbeds especially early in the morning other than that work the edges of the old creek channel with jigs.
Redear Sunfish - Fair: Most of the redears have finished up spawning but you might be lucky enough to find a few still on the deeper spawning beds toward the upper end of the lake.
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  • May 2022 - 792,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 9/8/22 - 1,586 Channel Catfish (8.5)
  • 05/03/2021 - 400,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/25/2020 - 25,737 Redear Sunfish (2)
  • 09/23/2020 - 1,703 Channel Catfish (9.4)
  • 05/07/2020 - 792,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/24/2018 - 1,585 Channel Catfish (9)
  • 9/19/16 - 1,585 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 09/30/2014 - 1,584 Channel Catfish (8")
  • Brittle Naiad
  • Curlyleaf Pondweed
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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:
Find a very high quality fishery with bluegills leading the way. Good numbers of 10- to 12-inch bluegills abound in this lake. In 2006 the lake produced at least one over 12 inch bluegill that was verified by park staff. Crappie numbers were finally building up with anglers catching nice stringers of 10- to 12-inch fish through the ice in 2007. Anglers are also catching big redear sunfish with some topping 13 inches. Catfish, largemouth bass and a few county stocked walleyes round out the cast of characters in this lake.(2007)
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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.