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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
Recent rainfall bumped water levels briefly but all area rivers and streams remain low with good to excellent clarity. Chance of showers through weekend with temperatures in the 60's to 30's. With this cold snap, fish activity has slowed. For more information, please call the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Hit and miss fish activity. Lake levels dropping. Wind activity resuspending sediments. Fish activity improving as water warms.
Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing along rocky shoreline and near structure using a small piece of worm under a bobber about a foot off the bottom.
Black Crappie - Fair: Fish near brush piles or drop offs using a hook tipped with a minnow or small spinner bait.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Use a small spinner or crank bait fished near drop offs or other structure.
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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")
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 extension of rock reefs in the north arm in 2020 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.(2021)
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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.