Lake Petocka

General Information

County: Polk
Location: northeast edge of Bondurant
Acres: 19.00
Maximum Depth: 19 ft. (1978)
Motoring Restrictions: Non-motorized (including electric) watercraft may be hand launched only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Petocka include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Community Fishing Location
Conditions for ice fishing in Central Iowa are good. For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Catch trout using panfish jigs and small jigging spoons tipped with waxworms. The good bite has been fishing suspended fish out deeper.

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  • annual 2018 - 3,100 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 03/20/2018 - 390 Bluegill (1.5)
  • 9/13/2017 - 201 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • Jan 2016 - 750 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Jan 2016 - 2,250 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2015 - 3,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/28/2015 - 300 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 2,850 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Winter 2013 - 3,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/26/2013 - 152 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • winter 2012 - 3,000 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 10/14/2011 - 385 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 10/14/2011 - 1,115 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/12/2011 - 171 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • winter 2010 - 3,338 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
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
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Largemouth bass were sampled in good numbers from 9- to 15-inches. A small population of smallmouth bass may provide an occasional catch. The bluegill population looks very good compared to similar dugout lakes with larger bluegill from 7- to 8.5-inches. Channel catfish are in fair numbers and good size from 13- to just over 30-inches. Rainbow trout are stocked during the fall/winter as part of the community trout stocking program and persist into June.(2019)

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.