Lake Belva Deer

General Information

County: Keokuk
Location: 5 miles northeast of Sigourney
Acres: 264.00
Maximum Depth: 41.3 ft. (2014)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Lake Belva Deer include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For more information on the above Lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.
Water temperature is in the upper 60's. Water clarity at about 3 feet.
Redear Sunfish - Good: The redears have moved into the shallows. Fish just off the bottom using a small jig tipped with live bait.
Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are still hanging out a little deeper. Slow trolling out in 5-6 foot of water seems to be picking them up.
Black Crappie - Fair: You can find some crappies in shallower water up at the upper end of the lake. Otherwise most of them seem to still be out in deeper water.
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  • 09/24/2018 - 1,585 Channel Catfish (9)
  • 9/19/16 - 1,585 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 09/30/2014 - 1,584 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/14/2012 - 2,601 Channel Catfish (8.4")
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:
  • 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:
Find a very high quality fishery with bluegills leading the way. Good numbers of 10- to 12-inch bluegills abound in this lake. In 2006 the lake produced at least one over 12 inch bluegill that was verified by park staff. Crappie numbers were finally building up with anglers catching nice stringers of 10- to 12-inch fish through the ice in 2007. Anglers are also catching big redear sunfish with some topping 13 inches. Catfish, largemouth bass and a few county stocked walleyes round out the cast of characters in this lake.(2007)
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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.