Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: 12 miles south of Waterloo
Acres: 37.00
Maximum Depth: 20 ft. (2014)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Interior river water levels have fallen; reports are anglers have been catching some walleye. Lakes in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area have been slow to fair for panfish. Ice averages are around six inches; use extreme caution wherever one goes. Trout streams are in excellent condition. For further information contact your local bait shop for the most recent up-to-date information.
Anglers are catching both bluegill and crappie on South Prairie Lake.
Black Crappie - Good: Try a waxworm tipped on an ice fishing jig or using a dead stick tipped with a live crappie minnow, try to locate structure for best success.
Bluegill - Excellent: Try a waxworm tipped on an ice fishing jig for bluegill, try to locate structure for best success.
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  • 09/22/2021 - 1,037 Channel Catfish (9.4)
  • 09/11/2019 - 1,034 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • 9/6/2017 - 1,033 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/30/2015 - 665 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/03/2013 - 1,032 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 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: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Casey Lake supports healthy bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish populations. It has been a consistent producer of quality-sized bluegills for many years with fish up to 8- inches or greater. Bluegill reproduction, recruitment and growth have been excellent over the years, due in part to the largemouth bass population. Largemouth bass reproduction is good, but most bass are less than 16 inches in this lake. Catch rates electrofishing usually average 100-125 fish/hour, which shows a good bass population. Casey Lake has a small population of crappie, but fish caught are usually large. Channel catfish are stocked every other year in Casey Lake and do very well. Growth to larger sizes is excellent for channel catfish, and 6- to 8-pound fish are caught often.(2020)
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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.