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Lake Hendricks

General Information

County: Howard
Location: Located 0.5 miles northeast of Riceville.
Acres: 40.00
Maximum Depth: 17.6 ft. (2019)
Motoring Restrictions: electric motors only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Hendricks include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Aquatic vegetation is coming on strong. Best times to fish are early morning and evening.
Area rivers and streams water levels continue falling but flows remain elevated. Water clarity much improved. Expect a hot, humid weekend with temperatures in the upper 80's for highs and upper 60's for lows. For current fishing information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Black Crappie - Slow: Find crappie suspended in deeper water around structure. Use a minnow or small lure drifting over structure.
Bluegill - Fair: A small piece of worm on a hook under a small bobber works well.
Channel Catfish - Good: With warmer water temperatures, try using cheese or stink baits. Nightcrawlers will work.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use top water lures or weedless hooks for best luck. Fish along the weed edges.
Area rivers and streams water levels continue falling but flows remain elevated. Water clarity much improved. Expect a hot, humid weekend with temperatures in the upper 80's for highs and upper 60's for lows. For current fishing information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Aquatic vegetation is coming on strong. Best times to fish are early morning and evening.
Black Crappie - Slow: Find crappie suspended in deeper water around structure. Use a minnow or small lure drifting over structure.
Bluegill - Fair: A small piece of worm on a hook under a small bobber works well.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Use top water lures or weedless hooks for best luck. Fish along the weed edges.
Channel Catfish - Good: With warmer water temperatures, try using cheese or stink baits. Nightcrawlers will work.
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  • 10/01/2019 - 898 Channel Catfish (9.6)
  • 9/8/2017 - 900 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 09/22/2015 - 898 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/30/2013 - 906 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 09/14/2011 - 901 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/15/2010 - 360 Channel Catfish (2.0")
  • 06/15/2010 - 250 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 04/14/2010 - 2,500 Bluegill (1.2")
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: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
The installation of rock reefs in the north arm in 2014 and new jetty in 2016 provide additional places for fish to hang around. Bluegills, mostly 6- to 8-inches, are common with some exceeding 8-inches. The largemouth bass population is balanced, with fish up to 18-inches. Channel Catfish will be stocked this year. Fish from 9- to 25-inches are ready to be caught. Nice numbers of Black Crappie are available. See more at http://co.howard.ia.us/offices/conservation/lakehendricks.htm.(2017)

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.