Big Woods Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: northwest edge of Cedar Falls
Acres: 55.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: No wake

Nearby Parks

George Wyth State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Big Woods Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
There have been fair to good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike and some catfish. Lakes are beginning to produce bluegill and crappie in Black Hawk County. Trout streams remain in excellent condition. Forecast calls for rain over the next few days so keep an eye on river and stream levels, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Anglers have been catching largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie in the backwater areas and shallow bays of Big Woods Lake
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try topwater baits early morning or late evening. Cover a lot of water casting and retrieving spinner or buzz baits for some good action.
Bluegill - Fair: Try a piece of crawler just under the surface with a slip bobber. Anglers have been doing well with fly rods also.
Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs or fishing a crappie minnow shallow under a bobber.
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  • 9/6/2017 - 989 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/22/2015 - 993 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/30/2013 - 989 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 09/13/2011 - 1,421 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/22/2009 - 1,316 Channel Catfish (7.5")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
Big Woods Lake provides a good option for fishing in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro area. The lake has good shoreline and boat access and the fishery currently provides opportunities for bluegill, black crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike.(2015)

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.