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Terra Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: Within city of Johnston south of Pioneer Parkway.
Acres: 7.30
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Terra Lake include:
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Community Fishing Location
As of February 22, most ponds and lakes in Central Iowa were mostly open water. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.
Rainbow Trout - Fair: Catch trout using ice fishing panfish jigs tipped with waxworms under a float or casting small plastics, spoons, spinners and blade baits.

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • Winter 2022 - 3,693 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • Winter 2021 - 2,600 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • 09/29/2021 - 130 Channel Catfish (9)
  • Annual 2020 - 1,816 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • annual 2019 - 2,032 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • 09/12/2019 - 151 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • October 2018 - 800 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 10/09/2018 - 153 Channel Catfish (8.3)
  • 9/18/2017 - 150 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/29/2015 - 150 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 04/15/2015 - 2,550 Bluegill (2")
  • 03/23/2015 - 16 Largemouth Bass (Adult)
    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:
  • Rainbow Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
The fishery in Terra Lake has developed well since 2015. A fish survey in 2018 showed 6- to 14-inch largemouth bass and bluegills under 5 inches. Larger fish, especially bluegills, are present, but evaded capture due to very clear water at the time of sampling. The originally stocked channel catfish are around 18-inches long. Catchable size trout are here from November through April. (2019)
Tip: Click the arrow in the lower right corner to view the Fish Survey Data tool in full-screen mode.


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.