Brushy Creek Lake

General Information

County: Webster
Location: 5 miles east of Lehigh
Acres: 690.00
Maximum Depth: 77.5 ft. (2013)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Dolliver Memorial State Park
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at Brushy Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Most lakes in the area have anywhere from 6-13 inches of ice. Conditions remain variable. The winter aeration system in Town Bay (westernmost bay) of Black Hawk Lake is in operation. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
Black Crappie - Fair: Some anglers are doing well fishing 20-30 feet of water with small jigs and minnows or waxworms.
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are having luck on the north end, sorting is needed. Most fish are being picked up using spikes fished near the bottom.
Ice conditions are variable, but most areas are around 10 inches. Use caution and check thickness often. There are still thinner areas around standing trees and some areas near shore. The thickest ice is around 10-11 inches near the north boat ramp. Ice on the south end of the lake varies from 0-9 inches. There is 6-10 inches of snow cover on the ice.
Walleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up a few walleye. Bite is hit or miss. Use minnows and a jigging spoon.
Yellow Perch - Slow:
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  • 10/28/2021 - 3,422 Walleye (9.7)
  • 05/12/2021 - 254 Muskellunge (>12)
  • 04/30/2021 - 1,496,978 Walleye (Fry)
  • September 2020 - 4,141 Channel Catfish (8)
  • October 2020 - 3,456 Walleye (8.7)
  • 05/13/2020 - 254 Muskellunge (12.4)
  • 04/28/2020 - 1,496,978 Walleye (Fry)
  • October 2019 - 3,453 Walleye (9.4)
  • 05/15/2019 - 254 Muskellunge (13.2)
  • 05/06/2019 - 1,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/25/2018 - 3,421 Walleye (8.4)
  • 09/18/2018 - 4,140 Channel Catfish (8.6)
  • 05/14/2018 - 255 Muskellunge (12.1)
  • 05/09/2018 - 1,497,300 Walleye (Fry)
  • 5/11/2017 - 269 Muskellunge (13.1")
  • 4/28/2017 - 1,508,500 Walleye (fry)
  • 10/27/2017 - 2,434 Walleye (8.9")
  • 10/23/2017 - 1,020 Walleye (9")
  • 9/20/16 - 4,140 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 5/10/16 - 254 Muskellunge (14.5")
  • 5/10/16 - 300 Muskellunge (14.5")
  • 4/29/16 - 1,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/24/16 - 3,477 Walleye (9.6")
  • 10/13/2015 - 3,458 Walleye (8")
  • 05/11/2015 - 254 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/29/2015 - 1,496,978 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/25/2014 - 12,432 Walleye (6")
  • 09/15/2014 - 4,141 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 08/06/2014 - 8,837 Walleye (2-3")
  • 06/02/2014 - 21,004 Walleye (2")
  • 09/27/2013 - 12,425 Walleye (3.3")
  • 06/11/2013 - 21,128 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/14/2013 - 316 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • Brittle Naiad
  • Curlyleaf Pondweed
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil
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:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Brushy Creek consistently produces good fishing for bluegill, crappie, walleye, largemouth bass and muskie. Yellow perch are a bonus and good numbers can be caught at times. Brushy Creek is home to very large walleye and many 40-inch plus muskie. The catfish population has lot of large individuals. Sampling has shown many channel catfish over 10 pounds. Brushy Creek is deeper than most lakes in the region, so water temperatures warm and cool slower here. Because of its depth, Brushy can thermally stratify, so avoid fishing in areas deeper than 16 to 20 feet during the summer heat. Brushy Creek has more habitat that an angler can fish in a day. Look for areas where multiple habitat types meet. For example, fish areas where you find a weed line running into standing timber next to a rocky point. After the first week in July when the curly leaf pondweed dies back, look for any remaining green vegetation and fish around it.(2020)
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