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Fort Des Moines Pond

General Information

County: Polk
Acres: 13.60
Maximum Depth: 25 ft. (2015)
Motoring Restrictions:

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Amenities at Fort Des Moines Pond include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Community Fishing Location
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  • 09/18/2019 - 226 Channel Catfish (8.8)
  • 09/28/2015 - 240 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 07/10/2015 - 50 Black Crappie (7")
  • 06/24/2014 - 1,300 Largemouth Bass (2")
  • 09/08/2011 - 224 Channel Catfish (8.3")
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:
Fort Des Moines Pond is providing an excellent fishing destination within the city limits of Des Moines. Surveys in 2019 found a healthy bluegill population with most fish from 6.5- to 8.5-inches. Largemouth bass are very abundant between 9- and 11-inches, with larger 15- to 20-inch bass present. Channel catfish were not targeted in the 2019 survey, but a population is present. Expect the larger catfish to be 18- to 22-inches.(2019)


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.