Otter Creek Lake

General Information

County: Tama
Location: 6 miles Northeast of Toledo
Acres: 74.00
Maximum Depth: 25 ft. (1991 - Information from 9/30/1991 SCS Watershed Analysis report.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Otter Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
Bluegill - Fair:
Yellow Bass - Fair:
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  • 09/26/2018 - 1,337 Channel Catfish (8.9)
  • 9/29/16 - 1,332 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/17/2014 - 1,335 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/25/2012 - 2,072 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 05/13/2010 - 3,862 Channel Catfish (5.0")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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:
Bluegill numbers are good with all sizes up to 8 inches available. Crappie numbers are fair with 6 inch fish; 8 inch fish are the most common size. Yellow bass numbers are good with most fish 6- to 9-inches. Largemouth bass numbers are fair with most fish under the 15 inch size, but fish up to 21 inches are present.(2014)

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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.