Big Woods Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: northwest edge of Cedar Falls
Acres: 55.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: No wake

Nearby Parks

George Wyth State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Big Woods Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Interior rivers are falling with the lack of heavy rains over the past few weeks. Lakes have been producing area catches of bluegill, crappie, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Trout streams are in good to excellent conditions. For further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
There have been reports of anglers catching panfish on Big Woods Lake.
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill have moved in shallow for spawning. Try a piece of worm under a slip bobber or casting and retrieving a 1/16 oz. jig. Fly rods work well also during spawn.
Black Crappie - Fair: Try fishing near structure with a minnow under a slip bobber at various depths to locate crappie.
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 9/6/2017 - 989 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/22/2015 - 993 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/30/2013 - 989 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 09/13/2011 - 1,421 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/22/2009 - 1,316 Channel Catfish (7.5")
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:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • 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
Big Woods Lake provides a good option for fishing in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro area. The lake has good shoreline and boat access and the fishery currently provides opportunities for bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike.(2015)

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.