West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg)

General Information

County: Palo Alto
Location:
Acres: 40.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at West Fork Des Moines (state line to Emmetsburg) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 7/7/2017 - 2,830 Walleye (2.5")
  • 6/28/2017 - 8,051 Walleye (2.5")
  • 6/26/2017 - 12,220 Walleye (3")
  • 6/28/16 - 23,369 Walleye (3.4")
  • 07/08/2015 - 8,598 Walleye (2")
  • 06/24/2015 - 25,758 Walleye (2.6")
  • 07/31/2014 - 8,090 Walleye (2-3")
  • 07/11/2013 - 27,348 Walleye (1.9")
  • 06/14/2012 - 23,781 Walleye (3.9")
  • 10/10/2011 - 18,324 Walleye (4.1")
  • 06/29/2011 - 26,821 Walleye (2.5"-3.4")
  • 06/21/2010 - 21,223 Walleye (2.1")
  • 06/24/2009 - 26,832 Walleye (2.0")
  • 07/09/2008 - 15,894 Walleye (2.3")
  • 06/18/2008 - 26,571 Walleye (2.2")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • 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:

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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.