Virgin Lake

General Information

County: Palo Alto
Location: 2 miles south of Ruthven
Acres: 222.00
Maximum Depth: 5.5 ft. (1973)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Virgin Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
No recent updates
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Virgin Lake yellow perch anglers will find good numbers of fish approaching 8 inches during the spring of 2019. Continued good growth throughout the year will provide an upswing to the fishery with numbers of fish, averaging 10 inches available for the 2019 fall/winter seasons. Good opportunities to catch angler acceptable size walleye throughout the 2019 fishing season. Persistence and patience is needed for the northern pike angler; but, opportunities exist to catch angler acceptable size fish. Continued good growth will provide an upswing as numbers of angler acceptable size fish enters the fishery which will sustain the lake for the next few years. Bullhead anglers will note fish approaching 8 inches during the spring of 2019. Continued good growth throughout the 2019 season will provide angler quality fishing for the next few years. (2018)

Contacts

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.