Brinker Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: N edge Waterloo
Acres: 270.00
Maximum Depth: 58 ft. (2004 - from 2004 lake map)
Motoring Restrictions: No Wake until 9 am/ none after 9am

Nearby Parks

George Wyth State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Brinker Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Trails
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Community Fishing Location
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 Brinker Lake. Recent fisheries survey revealed quality sized bluegill in this 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.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 06/29/2018 - 2,299 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.68)
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:
  • 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:
  • 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
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Brinker Lake provides a fair fishery for channel catfish, crappie, and largemouth bass that is easily accessible by boat within the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro.(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.