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Volga Lake

General Information

County: Fayette
Location: Located 3 miles north of Fayette.
Acres: 135.00
Maximum Depth: 23 ft. (2013)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Volga River State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at Volga Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Area rivers and streams water levels continue falling but flows remain elevated. Water clarity much improved. Expect a hot, humid weekend with temperatures in the upper 80's for highs and upper 60's for lows. For current fishing information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Best time to fish is early morning or just before dark. Water clarity is 6-8 inches due to algae bloom occurring.
Black Crappie - Slow: Use a minnow under a bobber along a rocky shoreline or around brush piles.
Bluegill - Slow: Use a small hook tipped with waxworm or small piece of nightcrawler fished around brush piles and rocky shores.
Channel Catfish - Good: Try a night crawler, cheese bait, or chicken livers fished on bottom for best luck. Best catfishing lake around.
Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a ringworm or twister tail.
Area rivers and streams water levels continue falling but flows remain elevated. Water clarity much improved. Expect a hot, humid weekend with temperatures in the upper 80's for highs and upper 60's for lows. For current fishing information, call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Best time to fish is early morning or just before dark. Water clarity is 6-8 inches due to algae bloom occurring.
Bluegill - Slow: Use a small hook tipped with waxworm or small piece of nightcrawler fished around brush piles and rocky shores.
Largemouth Bass - Slow: Use a jig tipped with a ringworm or twister tail.
Black Crappie - Slow: Use a minnow under a bobber along a rocky shoreline or around brush piles.
Channel Catfish - Good: Try a night crawler, cheese bait, or chicken livers fished on bottom for best luck. Best catfishing lake around.
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  • 09/19/2019 - 2,430 Channel Catfish (8.8)
  • 9/7/2017 - 2,433 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 09/29/2015 - 2,429 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/25/2013 - 1,890 Channel Catfish (7.9")
  • 09/14/2011 - 2,054 Channel Catfish (8.9")
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 Sucker
    • 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.
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Over the last several years, volunteers and park and fisheries staff have installed cedar tree clusters and rock piles to provide more habitat diversity and cover to enhance fish populations. Volga Lake is the place to go for trophy channel catfish with fish up to 31 inches. Black Crappie numbers in the 8 inch range remain high but a few 10 inchers are out there. Bluegill 7 inches are common. A nice population of largemouth bass are available. (2017)

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.