Lake Anita

General Information

County: Cass
Location: 1/2 mile south of Anita
Acres: 159.00
Maximum Depth: 33.2 ft. (2014)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Lake Anita State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Anita include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
For information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Concentrate fishing deeper structure.
Bluegill - No Report:
Black Crappie - No Report:
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass can be caught around deep structure.
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • fall 2019 - 900 Walleye (6)
  • 09/18/2019 - 2,005 Channel Catfish (8.8)
  • 05/03/2019 - 200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/08/2018 - 468,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 9/18/2017 - 461 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 4/26/2017 - 202,450 Walleye (fry)
  • fall 2016 - 800 Walleye (6)
  • fall 2015 - 800 Walleye (6)
  • 09/08/2015 - 2,277 Channel Catfish (8")
  • fall 2014 - 800 Walleye (6)
  • fall 2013 - 800 Walleye (5.9)
  • 09/17/2013 - 4,512 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • fall 2012 - 800 Walleye (6.9)
  • 09/07/2011 - 2,225 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 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:
  • 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:
Expect to find quality 8- to 9-inch bluegills and 15- to 18-inch largemouth bass. Last years fish surveys shows three age classes of black crappie; 8-9 inch will be the most common size crappie caught in 2021. Channel catfish maintenance stockings produced a good population of 15- to 17-inch fish with some trophy sized >20-inch fish in the population. Fingerling walleye stocked by the Friends of Lake Anita has generated a lot of excitement as some of those walleyes now exceed 20-inches. Lake Anita is one of the better overall fishing lakes in SW Iowa.(2021)
Tip: Click the arrow in the lower right corner to view the Fish Survey Data tool in full-screen mode.

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.