Badger Creek Lake

General Information

County: Madison
Location: 5 miles southeast of Van Meter
Acres: 276.00
Maximum Depth: 21 ft. (2018)
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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  • 09/09/2021 - 1,657 Channel Catfish (8.1)
  • 04/29/2021 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/24/2020 - 104,900 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/17/2019 - 1,651 Channel Catfish (8.6)
  • 04/30/2019 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 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")
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
Spring electrofishing indicated a moderate abundance of Largemouth Bass up to 20 inches. Bluegill and Crappie species were sampled in moderate abundance. Most of the Bluegill were 6-8 inches in length and crappie up to 10 inches are available to anglers.(2022)
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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.