North Prairie Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: SW edge of Cedar Falls
Acres: 10.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: No wake

Nearby Parks

George Wyth State Park

Amenities

Amenities at North Prairie Lake include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
Ice conditions remain good on most lakes in and around Black Hawk County, averaging 8"-10". Reports are hit & miss on many lakes & this latest cold snap has slowed angling down also. No river reports this week but N.E. Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office @ 563-927-3276.
There were reports this past week of anglers being successful in catching trout out of North Prairie Lake.
Rainbow Trout - Good: Try jigging teardrop jigs tipped with a waxworm or vertically jigging flashy tinsel jigs for some good trout action.
Ice conditions remain good on most lakes in and around Black Hawk County, averaging 8"-10". Reports are hit & miss on many lakes but with the extended forecast the bite should pick up. Northeast Iowa trout streams remain in excellent condition. For further information contact the N.E. Iowa District Office @ 563-927-3276.
As of a week ago anglers had been having success in catching trout in North Prairie Lake.
Rainbow Trout - Fair: Try a teardrop jig tipped with a waxworm or jigging small flashy jigs or spoons.
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  • Feb 2016 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Feb 2016 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/30/2015 - 180 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Winter 2013 - 3,600 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 10/04/2013 - 287 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • winter 2012 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2011 - 50 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2011 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/15/2011 - 180 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • winter 2010 - 3,150 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • October 2010 - 200 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2009 - 4,500 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/22/2009 - 153 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • winter 2008 - 6,210 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Brook Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Rainbow Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
North Prairie Lake is stocked twice annually (spring and fall) with about 1800 rainbow and brook trout for cold-weather urban fishery opportunities. North Prairie also maintains populations of bluegill, channel catfish, and largemouth bass. Shore fishing can be difficult in some areas due to abundant emergent vegetation.(2015)

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.