Badger Creek Lake

General Information

County: Madison
Location: 5 miles southeast of Van Meter
Acres: 276.00
Maximum Depth: 25 ft. (1983)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at Badger Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
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  • 05/07/2018 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 9/13/2017 - 1,656 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 6/29/2017 - 2,842 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 6/16/2016 - 2,784 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.4")
  • 6/16/2016 - 3,656 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.3")
  • 09/16/2015 - 2,696 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 06/29/2015 - 2,756 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.7")
  • 06/16/2015 - 2,758 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (479/lb)
  • 06/17/2014 - 3,808 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 06/17/2014 - 4,437 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 09/23/2013 - 2,705 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 06/28/2012 - 1,575 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 06/28/2012 - 2,891 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 09/06/2011 - 1,448 Channel Catfish (8.5")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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:
  • White 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
Good numbers of bluegill were sampled with bluegill up to 8.5 inches. Spring electrofishing showed good numbers of largemouth bass. Most largemouth bass sampled were 14- to 16-inches long, but bass up to 19 inches are available to anglers. Good numbers of crappies were also sampled in 2018 with most crappie 8- to 10-inches long. Low numbers of channel catfish were sampled in 2018, but catfish up to 22 inches are available to anglers. (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.