North Prairie Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: SW edge of Cedar Falls
Acres: 10.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: No wake

Nearby Parks

George Wyth State Park


Amenities at North Prairie Lake include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Community Fishing Location
Ice conditions are generally 6-10 inches on lakes and ponds in east-central Iowa. Remain cautious while ice-fishing; avoid areas with water current. Call the Manchester Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information.
Trout were stocked in the fall; some of these stocked trout remain in the lake at this time. You need a valid fishing license and pay the trout fee to fish for or possess trout.
Rainbow Trout - Fair: Try jigging flashy jigs with a blade to entice rainbow trout to take your lure or jig.
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  • Annual 2020 - 3,400 Rainbow Trout (12)
  • April 2019 - 944 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 2,547 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • 09/19/2019 - 281 Channel Catfish (8.8)
  • annual 2018 - 3,960 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 80 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 3,220 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 9/6/2017 - 282 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • Feb 2016 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Feb 2016 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/30/2015 - 180 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Winter 2013 - 3,600 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 10/04/2013 - 287 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • winter 2012 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
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:
  • Rainbow Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
North Prairie Lake is stocked twice each spring and fall with about 1,800 rainbow trout for cold-weather community fishery opportunities. North Prairie also maintains populations of bluegill, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Shore fishing can be difficult in some areas due to abundant emergent vegetation.(2020)
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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.