Lake Anita

General Information

County: Cass
Location: 1/2 mile south of Anita
Acres: 159.00
Maximum Depth: 33.2 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Lake Anita State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Anita include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
There has been very little fishing activity in the district this past week. Water temperatures are in the low 40's and falling. 1000 rainbow trout were stocked into Big Lake (Gilbert Pond) two weeks ago providing some good fishing in Council Bluffs. Call 712-769-2587 for more information.
Anita has an all around good bass, bluegill and crappie populations. Water clarity is good. Temperatures are in low 40's or below.
Black Crappie - Fair: The early morning crappie bite is best. Slow troll small crank baits or small jigs tipped with power bait to catch 9 to 11 inch fish.
Bluegill - Fair: Slow troll small jigs tipped with crawler for fish up to 9.5 inches.
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  • 9/18/2017 - 461 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 4/26/2017 - 202,450 Walleye (fry)
  • 09/08/2015 - 2,277 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/17/2013 - 4,512 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/07/2011 - 2,225 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/21/2009 - 1,892 Channel Catfish (8.3")
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:
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
In 2018, Lake Anita anglers can expect to find a good supply of bluegills (8 to 9 inches) and largemouth bass 15 to 20-inches. The 2017 fish surveys indicate a year class of 9 to 10 inch crappies in the lake that will drive the crappie fishing in 2018. Channel catfish maintenance stockings have produced a good population of 15 to 17-inch fish with some trophy sized >20-inch fish in the population. Fingerling walleye stocked by the Friends of Lake Anita has generated a lot of excitement as some of those walleyes now exceed 20-inches. Lake Anita is one of the better overall fishing lakes in SW Iowa.(2018)

Contacts

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.