Otter Creek Lake

General Information

County: Tama
Location: 6 miles Northeast of Toledo
Acres: 74.00
Maximum Depth: 25 ft. (1991 - Information from 9/30/1991 SCS Watershed Analysis report.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Otter Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Some lakes have "safe" ice while others are extremely variable. Always check ice and use caution when venturing out. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
There have been anglers out on the ice but thickness is unknown.
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  • 09/26/2018 - 1,337 Channel Catfish (8.9)
  • 9/29/16 - 1,332 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/17/2014 - 1,335 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/25/2012 - 2,072 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 05/13/2010 - 3,862 Channel Catfish (5.0")
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.
  • 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:
  • White 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
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Bluegill numbers are good with all sizes up to 8 inches available. Crappie numbers are fair with 6 inch fish; 8 inch fish are the most common size. Yellow bass numbers are good with most fish 6- to 9-inches. Largemouth bass numbers are fair with most fish under the 15 inch size, but fish up to 21 inches are present.(2014)

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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.