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
Fall temperatures arrive this weekend with low 50's for highs to low 30's for lows. Rain chance Sunday. Area river levels stabilizing and clear due to minimal rainfall. Water temperature for most waterbodies low 60's. For more information, please contact the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie moving near shoreline in evening to feed. Use jig tipped with twister tail or spinner bait for best luck.
Bluegill - Good: Find gills near shore in morning. Use small jigs tipped with twister tails.
Channel Catfish - Excellent: Trophy catfish are plentiful in this lake. Find fish cruising the shallows in the evening. Use cut baits and worms fished on the bottom.
Largemouth Bass - Good:
The boat ramp will be closed starting 10-20-2021. The old ramp is scheduled to be replaced. Clarity improving with cooler temperatures. Water temperature mid 60's.
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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)
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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.