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Easter Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: southeast edge of Des Moines
Acres: 179.10
Maximum Depth: 26.3 ft. (2019)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park
Walnut Woods State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Easter Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Community Fishing Location
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  • fall 2019 - 1,998 Channel Catfish (8.5)
  • 06/14/2019 - 89 Walleye (14)
  • 05/01/2019 - 530,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/03/2019 - 51,208 Bluegill (2)
  • 04/03/2019 - 58 Largemouth Bass (Adult)
  • 06/28/2012 - 1,005 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 06/28/2012 - 2,535 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 09/08/2011 - 1,043 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 06/24/2011 - 3,000 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 05/12/2011 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/24/2010 - 3,000 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 04/28/2010 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
Following renovation in 2018 Easter Lake was restocked in 2019 with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Black Crappie and Walleye. A late summer fishery survey found bluegills at sizes from 4- to 6-inches. Largemouth bass hatched in the spring had reached 7- to 9-inches. Walleye fry that were stocked had reached 4- to 6-inches and some larger walleye that were stocked reached 14- to 16-inches. The Easter Lake fishery will continue to develop over the next 3 years.(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.