Lake Cornelia

General Information

County: Wright
Location: 3 1/2 miles north, 2 miles east of Clarion
Acres: 243.00
Maximum Depth: 20.6 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Cornelia include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Clear Lake, Crystal Lake, Rice Lake and Silver Lake have aeration systems running. Avoid any open water areas and be cautious of waterfowl holes on these lakes that may have recently froze over. Check ice thickness often as you go. For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Ice thickness is 10 to 12 inches.
Yellow Bass - Fair: Use a small jig tipped with a wax worm.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 09/14/2020 - 2,386 Channel Catfish (8)
  • 11/04/2019 - 1,223 Walleye (9)
  • 10/19/2018 - 1,857 Walleye (5.1)
  • 09/18/2018 - 2,402 Channel Catfish (8.4)
  • 9/30/16 - 2,438 Walleye (4.4")
  • 9/27/16 - 2,403 Channel Catfish (9.5")
  • 11/03/2015 - 2,581 Walleye (8")
  • 10/13/2015 - 2,436 Walleye (6")
  • annual 2014 - 7,365 Walleye (6")
  • 09/17/2014 - 2,399 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/03/2013 - 3,625 Walleye (3.3")
  • 07/17/2013 - 7,557 Walleye (2.6")
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
  • 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: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Yellow bass population has increased at Lake Cornelia with 6 to 7 inch fish. Walleye can be caught from ice out through June, but the population is not very strong. Channel catfish angling is excellent throughout the season. Most catfish are 1- to 3-pounds. The bullhead population has decreased significantly.(2020)
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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.