Lake Wapello

General Information

County: Davis
Location: 7 miles west of Drakesville on the west side of V17
Acres: 289.00
Maximum Depth: 33.7 ft. (2007)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Lake Wapello State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Wapello include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
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.
Black Crappie - Fair: Try drifting or trolling jigs tipped with a minnow targeting suspended crappie. Try a depth range of 6-10 feet.
Bluegill - Fair: Cast small jigs tipped with a chunk of nightcrawler around the aquatic vegetation.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver or nightcrawlers in 6-8 feet of water.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast spinnerbaits or crankbaits around the cedar tree piles. Try crawdad imitations along the rip-rapped shorelines.
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  • 9/22/16 - 1,607 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 6/16/2016 - 3,130 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.3")
  • 6/16/2016 - 3,132 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.4")
  • 06/29/2015 - 2,715 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.7")
  • 06/16/2016 - 2,730 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • annual 2014 - 3,541 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 09/22/2014 - 1,714 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/27/2013 - 889 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (6")
  • 09/14/2012 - 2,000 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 06/28/2012 - 2,044 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 06/28/2012 - 3,114 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 05/27/2011 - 2,102 Channel Catfish (2.0")
  • 10/19/2010 - 20,000 Bluegill (1.0")
  • 09/09/2010 - 2,169 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/22/2010 - 27,100 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 10/28/2009 - 70,000 Bluegill (1.5")
  • 10/27/2009 - 1,161 Channel Catfish (7.3")
  • 10/27/2009 - 5,287 Redear Sunfish (2.6")
  • 06/24/2009 - 13,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
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: Catch and release only
    • Possession Limit: Catch and release only
    • Length Limit: Catch and release only
    • Other:
They hybrid striped bass fishery was again evaluated in 2017. Fish up to 20 inches were captured. These stockings were part of a statewide research project that ended in 2016. Thus, new stockings are not anticipated.(2017)

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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.