Lost Island Lake

General Information

County: Palo Alto
Location: 3 miles north of Ruthven
Acres: 1162.00
Maximum Depth: 15.7 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Lost Island Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Walleye - Good: Report of a walleye bite at Lost Island Lake using bottom bouncers tipped with crawlers or leeches.
Yellow Bass - Good: Report of yellow bass are being harvested. For the best action use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs.
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  • fall 2016 - 3,490 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 9/30/2016 - 16,544 Walleye (4.5")
  • 9/29/16 - 366 Northern Pike (10.5")
  • 9/28/16 - 3,788 Walleye (7.0")
  • 4/25/16 - 1,150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 11/04/2015 - 5,412 Walleye (8")
  • 10/06/2015 - 333 Northern Pike (10")
  • 09/25/2015 - 18,051 Walleye (6" & 8")
  • 06/25/2015 - 90,000 Largemouth Bass (2")
  • 04/30/2015 - 1,150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 33,347 Walleye (6")
  • 09/19/2014 - 1,318 Northern Pike (10")
  • 05/08/2014 - 1,150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/11/2013 - 2,173 Largemouth Bass (3.75")
  • 10/08/2013 - 1,095 Northern Pike (10.0")
  • 09/27/2013 - 33,159 Walleye (3.3")
  • 09/23/2013 - 3,114 Walleye (7.0")
  • 05/30/2013 - 13,053 Northern Pike (2.8")
  • 10/11/2012 - 1,018 Northern Pike (9.1")
  • 09/24/2012 - 3,800 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 05/07/2012 - 6,525 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 04/13/2012 - 1,150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/04/2011 - 692 Northern Pike (8.3")
  • 09/22/2011 - 6,425 Largemouth Bass (4.3")
  • 09/22/2011 - 46,088 Walleye (4.0")
  • 05/17/2011 - 6,657 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/13/2011 - 1,827,155 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/26/2010 - 6,000 Largemouth Bass (4.0")
  • 10/12/2010 - 484 Northern Pike (10.0")
  • 10/04/2010 - 27,128 Walleye (5.0")
  • 05/18/2010 - 8,393 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 04/27/2010 - 1,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/19/2009 - 4,000 Largemouth Bass (4.5")
  • 10/09/2009 - 522 Northern Pike (10.0")
  • 06/24/2009 - 14,924 Walleye (2.3")
  • 05/08/2009 - 13,042 Northern Pike (2.8")
  • 05/01/2009 - 1,150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/06/2009 - 737,119 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 10/02/2008 - 15,201 Walleye (5.4")
  • 09/15/2008 - 3,800 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 05/14/2008 - 1,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/06/2008 - 26,560 Northern Pike (2.3")
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: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Walleye anglers will continue to enjoy the upswing to the fishery as good numbers of angler acceptable size fish will be harvested during the upcoming 2018 season. Catfish anglers will continue to enjoy quality angling as numbers of angler acceptable size and larger fish are available for the upcoming 2018 season. Anglers will continue to notice the influx of panfish species comprised of yellow perch, crappie and bluegill in the 2018 anglers catch. Crappie anglers fishing the shoreline habitat and the canals during the early season will be rewarded with good numbers of angler acceptable size fish in the creel. Bluegill anglers, with persistence and patience will be rewarded with good numbers of this species in the creel. Temperate bass, comprised primarily of yellow bass will provide plenty of “pole bending” action throughout the 2018 fishing season. Recent surveys reflect good numbers of northern pike in the lake which will provide excellent action during the 2018 season. Black bullheads will provide quality angling with numbers of large fish available for harvest. (2018)

Contacts

Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

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Water Quality

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.