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Lake Belva Deer

General Information

County: Keokuk
Location: 5 miles northeast of Sigourney
Acres: 264.00
Maximum Depth: 34 ft. (2002)
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 Office at (319) 694-2430.
Black Crappie - Slow: The crappies started to bite at the end of last week but have moved back out to deeper water again. A few small stragglers are all that's left in shallow.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Some of the bass are in shallow but they don't seem to be building nest just yet. No worn bloody tails yet.
Water clarity with the rains is not very good 1 1/2 feet. Curly leaf pond weed is having a banner year after a very mild winter. Water temperature is between 69 and 71 degrees.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are just starting to move in shallow to spawn. Work the outside edge of the curly leaf in 8 to 10 foot of water, that's where most of them are right now.
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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")
  • 09/13/2010 - 2,080 Channel Catfish (9.6")
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)

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.