Lake Sugema

General Information

County: Van Buren
Location: 3 miles southwest of Keosauqua
Acres: 579.00
Maximum Depth: 33.6 ft. (2010)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Lacey Keosauqua State Park


Amenities at Lake Sugema include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Black Crappie - Slow: The crappies are suspended. Try drifting at different depths to find active fish. Try minnows around the flooded timber.
Bluegill - Fair: Use live bait tipped on a small jig around the shorelines and the fishing jetties. Keep moving until finding active fish.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: In the early mornings and evenings use topwater lures. As the day progresses, target deeper structure using rubber worms or crankbaits.
The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. For more information, contact the Rathbun fish hatchery at 641-647-2406.
The south boat ramp off of Highway 2 has been reopened. There is now a construction project on the north ramp.
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  • 09/21/2015 - 3,502 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 04/20/2015 - 2,000 Walleye (8")
  • 10/24/2014 - 6,003 Walleye (8")
  • 05/19/2014 - 600 Muskellunge (10.5")
  • 10/15/2013 - 8,062 Walleye (8.5")
  • 10/31/2012 - 7,941 Walleye (8.5")
  • 05/02/2012 - 600 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 10/17/2011 - 8,632 Walleye (8.3")
  • 09/29/2011 - 769 Muskellunge (9.8")
  • 06/23/2011 - 4,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 06/23/2011 - 6,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 05/11/2010 - 667 Muskellunge (12.7")
  • 10/16/2009 - 2,880 Walleye (9.2")
  • 09/08/2009 - 4,115 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 10/27/2008 - 8,192 Walleye (10.0")
  • 09/25/2008 - 6,000 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 05/19/2008 - 1,200 Muskellunge (13.5")
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: All 12 to 18-inch fish must be immediately released
    • 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:
Bluegill quality continues to decline following the illegal introduction of gizzard shad. Size quality is poor, with very few fish over 7 inches and very few over 6 inches available to anglers. Gizzard shad directly contribute to poor bluegill quality by impact the food web and altering prey item availability. Gizzard shad abundance remains very high with many sizes of fish present. Largemouth bass density continues a downward trend; however, size structure remains good. The reduction in largemouth density is due to reduced survival of small largemouth bass brought on by changes in the food web, caused by the illegal introduction of gizzard shad. This has resulted in a smaller largemouth population, with slightly faster growth rates. Channel catfish density is moderate with most fish between 13 and 18 inches in size. However, trophy channel catfish are available up to more than 12 lbs. Crappie abundance is fair and size quality is fair to good. While most fish are less than 10 inches in length, some larger fish are available. The introduction of shad has had a measureable negative impact on this fishery.(2017)


Fish Surveys

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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.