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Thomas Mitchell Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: 3m SW Mitchelville
Acres: 6.00
Maximum Depth: 18.6 ft. (2015)
Motoring Restrictions:

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Amenities at Thomas Mitchell Lake include:
  • Accessible Pier
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Community Fishing Location
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  • 09/30/2021 - 111 Channel Catfish (9)
  • 09/12/2019 - 100 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • 06/07/2018 - 485 Largemouth Bass (1.6)
  • 9/13/2017 - 90 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 07/31/2015 - 50 Channel Catfish (18")
    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: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
The size of fish continues to improve. The larger bluegills have reached 7.5 to just over 8 inches. Largemouth bass are mostly 8- to 12-inches with some larger 17- to 19-inch fish. Black crappies are present in low numbers in the 8- to 9-inch range.(2019)
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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.