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Dog Creek (Lake)

General Information

County: O'Brien
Location: 2 miles east, 1/2 miles south of Sutherland
Acres: 28.00
Maximum Depth: 21.7 ft. (2009)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Dog Creek (Lake) include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with conditions ranging from 10-12 inches. Due to inconsistent freezing temperatures lately, many lakes may have irregular ice conditions as well as open holes. The use of full sized vehicles is not recommended. This weekend temperatures should begin to drop with highs in the upper teens and low 20s. This will hopefully create more consistent safe ice conditions throughout the great lakes area.
Fishing recently has been fair to good.
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  • 10/04/2018 - 150 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • 9/26/16 - 125 Channel Catfish (9.5")
  • 04/16/2014 - 14,000 Bluegill (2")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
Bluegill anglers will note the numbers of small fish in the catch; however continued good growth throughout the 2019 season will provide an upswing to the fishery during the fall/winter seasons and will sustain the fishery for the next few years. Largemouth bass anglers, with persistence and patience, will be rewarded with angler acceptable size fish caught. Currently the channel catfish population of Dog Creek Lake is developing and with continued good growth and biyearly stocking will contribute to the fishery in the next few years.(2019)


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.