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Little River Watershed Lake

General Information

County: Decatur
Location: 1 mile west of Leon
Acres: 743.00
Maximum Depth: 36.9 ft. (2009 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No motor restriction at no wake speed except for ski area

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Little River Watershed Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
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  • October 2019 - 14,952 Walleye (9.4)
  • fall 2019 - 3,700 Channel Catfish (9.4)
  • 05/01/2019 - 2,304,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/22/2018 - 3,715 Walleye (7.8)
  • 05/15/2018 - 75,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/07/2018 - 2,229,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 9/6/2017 - 268 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 9/28/2017 - 619 Channel Catfish (9.3")
  • 9/27/2017 - 2,693 Channel Catfish (9.3")
  • 4/28/2017 - 150,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 4/27/2017 - 2,229,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 10/25/2017 - 1,736 Walleye (9")
  • 10/24/2017 - 802 Walleye (9")
  • 10/24/2017 - 2,032 Walleye (9")
  • 10/23/2017 - 862 Walleye (9")
  • 10/23/2017 - 1,998 Walleye (9")
  • 5/3/16 - 150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 4/29/16 - 2,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/27/16 - 7,813 Walleye (10.3")
  • 10/20/2015 - 7,430 Walleye (8")
  • 09/15/2015 - 4,264 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 04/29/2015 - 150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/22/2015 - 2,229,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 7,829 Walleye (8")
  • annual 2014 - 2,350,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/20/2013 - 2,100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/04/2012 - 1,440 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 06/28/2012 - 21,490 Largemouth Bass (1.8")
  • 06/18/2012 - 7,720 Channel Catfish (2.2")
  • 05/18/2012 - 7,780 Channel Catfish (6.0")
  • 05/11/2012 - 1,100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/20/2012 - 150,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/12/2012 - 186,200 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 03/29/2012 - 750 Largemouth Bass (4.6")
  • 03/26/2012 - 4,264 Channel Catfish (9.4")
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:
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
  • 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:
Spring electrofishing indicated a good abundance of largemouth bass up to 18 inches. Good numbers of bluegill of all sizes up to 9 inches were sampled in 2019. Crappies were sampled in moderate abundance. Most of the crappies sampled were 9-11 inches in length, but larger (12+ inches) crappie are available to anglers. Walleye were sampled in low abundance, but walleye over 20 inches are available to anglers.(2019)

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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.