Willow Lake

General Information

County: Harrison
Location: 5 1/2 mile west of Woodbine
Acres: 26.00
Maximum Depth: 24 ft. (1979)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

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Amenities

Amenities at Willow Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
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  • 9/27/2017 - 623 Channel Catfish (9.3")
  • 09/15/2015 - 549 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/20/2013 - 601 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/26/2011 - 900 Channel Catfish (Cage)
  • 05/28/2009 - 900 Channel Catfish (5.0")
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:
  • Flathead 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: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
Willow Lake is a steep sided deep lake with excellent water clarity. These conditions make electrofishing samples ineffective. The largemouth bass population is fairly low in density with very few fish over 15-inches. This is a function of slow growth and low density prey population. Willow has quality sized bluegills greater than 8-inches. The channel catfish population is produced by stocking. A good number of catfish in Willow last summer were 17- to 25-inches. Redear sunfish (10- to 11-inch) round out the fishery at Willow.(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.