Hooper Area Pond

General Information

County: Warren
Location: 6 miles southwest of Indianola
Acres: 33.80
Maximum Depth: 23 ft. (2008 - Observed by Fish Biologist)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Lake Ahquabi State Park


Amenities at Hooper Area Pond include:
  • Boat Access
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills and redear sunfish have moved shallow. Fish crawlers or small panfish jigs close to shore.
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 9/7/2017 - 300 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 09/23/2015 - 301 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/01/2013 - 156 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 09/12/2011 - 531 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/17/2009 - 536 Channel Catfish (8.3")
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:
  • 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: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
2018 fish surveys indicated a good crappie fishery in Hooper Lake. Black crappies were 6.5- to 12-inches with many in the 8.5- to 9.5-inch range. White crappies are present in fewer numbers, but at good sizes between 10- and 12-inches. The bluegill fishery also looked good with fair numbers surveyed from 7- to 8-inches. There is a good group of 7- to 9.5-inch redear sunfish with fewer numbers of fish stretching out to 10.5-inches. Largemouth bass are abundant with a good distribution of fish from 11- to 17-inches. Larger individuals were observed, but not captured in the survey. Hooper has a low density channel catfish population that averages larger size fish than most lakes in Central Iowa in the 20- to 27-inch range. (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.