Lake Meyer

General Information

County: Winneshiek
Location: Located 2.5 miles southwest of Calmar on 2546 Lake Meyer Road. Managed by the Winneshiek County Conservation Board. Questions about day use and camping should be directed to WCCB at 563-534-7145.
Acres: 40.00
Maximum Depth: 27 ft. (2013)
Motoring Restrictions: electric motors only

Nearby Parks

Fort Atkinson State Preserve

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Meyer include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
About 14-15 inches ice with variable snow depths. Fish activity slowed. Fish are in 12-15 ft. water. Best time to fish is morning and evening.
Black Crappie - Fair:
Bluegill - Fair: Gills finicky this week. Anglers with cameras see lots of fish looking at bait but not taking.
Iowa's 2021 fishing licenses expired January 10. Make sure to have 2022's ready for an exciting season. Weekend temperatures range from 10 to low 20s with snow possible. Ice depths on most waterbodies 12 or more inches. For more information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
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  • 09/19/2019 - 594 Channel Catfish (8.8)
  • 05/29/2019 - 249 Northern Pike (2.12)
  • 06/05/2018 - 200 Northern Pike (2.8)
  • 9/8/2017 - 593 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 5/23/2017 - 211 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 4/20/16 - 120 Northern Pike (1.4")
  • 09/22/2015 - 721 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 05/19/2015 - 200 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 06/05/2014 - 203 Northern Pike (2-3")
  • 09/30/2013 - 722 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 05/29/2013 - 246 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/08/2012 - 210 Northern Pike (2.8")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
The fishery in Lake Meyer is responding well after a 2015 drawdown to build a 5-acre wetland and rock chute spillway, seal small sinkholes in the dam, and install various fish attracting structures. Northern pike are stocked each year into this little gem and quality fish, though rarely caught, are present. Good numbers of 8 inch bluegill and 10 inch crappie are available to the shore angler and boater alike. Largemouth Bass 12- to 14-inches are common, but find a few lunkers lurking around the edges of vegetation. Channel Catfish are stocked in odd years. Quality size catfish up to 30 inches can be caught along the dam face.(2017)
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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.