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Red Haw Lake

General Information

County: Lucas
Location: 1 mile east of Chariton on the south side of Highway 34
Acres: 76.00
Maximum Depth: 35.6 ft. (2018)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Red Haw State Park


Amenities at Red Haw Lake include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
The district includes Appanoose, Davis, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne and Van Buren counties. Most lakes in the district have water temperatures in the high 40's or low 50's. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.
Black Crappie - Slow: Try small jigs tipped with minnows around submerged structure.
Bluegill - Slow: Use small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler around deeper structure.
Channel Catfish - Slow: Try chicken liver or stinkbait in 4-8 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try spinnerbaits and crankbaits around submerged structure.
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  • 09/09/2019 - 801 Channel Catfish (9)
  • 9/19/2017 - 695 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/17/2015 - 700 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/20/2013 - 769 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 09/06/2011 - 720 Channel Catfish (8.5")
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:
  • 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:
Largemouth bass are abundant and growth rates are good. Most fish are less than 15 inches long. Crappie, bluegill and redear sunfish growth remains slow. Few fish 8 inches and greater are present. We continue to monitor these populations and as these early year classes age growth for all species will improve overall, as will the size of fish available to anglers.(2009)


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.