Fort Des Moines Pond

General Information

County: Polk
Acres: 13.60
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Fort Des Moines Pond include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Community Fishing Location
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 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")
  • 09/18/2009 - 250 Channel Catfish (8.0")
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 2018 found a healthy bluegill population with most fish from 6.5- to 8.5-inches. Largemouth bass are very abundant between 8 and 10-inches, with fewer larger 13- to 21-inch bass. Adult black crappie were stocked in 2015 and again in 2017, but have not reached population levels where anglers can expect to catch them consistently. Channel catfish were not targeted in the 2018 survey, but a population is present. Expect the larger catfish to be 16- to 21-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.