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Hickory Grove Lake

General Information

County: Story
Location: 3 miles southwest of Colo
Acres: 81.50
Maximum Depth: 33.8 ft. (2022)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

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Amenities at Hickory Grove Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
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  • 06/28/2021 - 7,547 Largemouth Bass (1.6)
  • 05/27/2021 - 5,020 Channel Catfish (1.6)
  • 05/07/2021 - 335,300 Walleye (Fry)
  • 03/30/2021 - 25,500 Bluegill (2.5)
  • 04/24/2020 - 314,709 Walleye (Fry)
  • 03/17/2020 - 30,000 Bluegill (4)
  • 09/21/2015 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/26/2013 - 500 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • Curlyleaf Pondweed
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:
  • 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:
Hickory Grove Lake has been restocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Crappie, Walleye and Channel Catfish. An initial fishery survey in 2022 since restocking found Largemouth Bass from 6.5- to 11.5-inches. Bluegills have grown well. The low density adult Bluegills from the initial stocking are 6- to just over 8-inches. Black Crappie numbers are low yet, with the population consisting mainly of the 10- to 12-inch stocked adults. Channel Catfish have reached sizes around 16-inches. Walleyes stocked survived well with a fair population of young 5- to 10.5-inch fish observed fall 2022.(2022)
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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.