Black Hawk Lake

General Information

County: Sac
Location: east edge of Lake View
Acres: 922.00
Maximum Depth: 15.1 ft. (2006 - Mapped in 2006 as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Black Hawk State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Black Hawk Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Ice thickness in west central Iowa is anywhere from 8 to 16 inches. Some lakes have open areas and seams. Use caution and check thickness often. There is open water and thin ice in Town Bay of Black Hawk Lake from the aeration system. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
There is around 12 inches of ice off of Ice House Point boat ramp. Conditions are more variable in the east basin of the lake. The winter aeration system in Town Bay is in operation, expect open water and thin ice in Town Bay.
Black Crappie - Fair: Fish in the marina and off the rock pile near Gunshot Hill. Most fish are 8-10 inches with some sorting. Minnows and waxworms have been productive.
Bluegill - Fair: Most anglers are fishing near the Ice House Point boat ramp and the rock piles off Gunshot Hill and Cottonwood Point. Most are using waxworms. Most fish are 7-8 inches.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have picked up catfish off the rock pile north of Cottonwood Point and in the east basin. Fish have been biting on waxworms.
Walleye - Slow:
Yellow Perch - Fair: Anglers are catching perch around Gunshot Hill, in the marina, and near Provost Point. Keeper size perch are ranging from 8 to 10 inches with sorting. Most are using wax worms and small minnows.
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  • 10/12/2018 - 5,032 Walleye (6.7)
  • 09/11/2018 - 4,560 Channel Catfish (8.5)
  • 05/16/2018 - 2,374,890 Walleye (Fry)
  • 5/10/2017 - 330 Muskellunge (13.1")
  • 4/24/2017 - 2,544,022 Walleye (fry)
  • 10/31/2017 - 1,235 Walleye (9")
  • 10/27/2017 - 2,347 Walleye (8.9")
  • 10/27/2017 - 4,018 Walleye (8.9")
  • 9/26/16 - 4,561 Channel Catfish (9.5")
  • 4/28/16 - 2,400,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/6/16 - 700 Yellow Perch (4")
  • 10/17/16 - 7,599 Walleye (9.3")
  • 10/26/2015 - 7,617 Walleye (8")
  • 05/15/2015 - 60 Black Crappie (Adult)
  • 05/12/2015 - 411 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/27/2015 - 2,300,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/07/2014 - 7,602 Walleye (8")
  • 09/10/2014 - 4,596 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 05/09/2014 - 2,300,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/07/2014 - 17,304 Yellow Perch (2"-7")
  • 05/05/2014 - 100 Black Crappie (Adult)
  • 09/23/2013 - 5,105 Channel Catfish (9.0")
  • 07/05/2013 - 155,342 Yellow Perch (2")
  • 07/03/2013 - 25,000 Yellow Perch (2")
  • 06/27/2013 - 36,800 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/16/2013 - 3,472 Largemouth Bass (5.1")
  • 05/16/2013 - 400 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 05/07/2013 - 2,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/19/2013 - 300,000 Bluegill (2")
  • 07/11/2012 - 25,173 Walleye (3.3")
  • 05/10/2012 - 6,034 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 10/19/2011 - 3,611 Walleye (8.3")
  • 10/14/2011 - 47,000 Yellow Perch (3.0")
  • 08/16/2011 - 25,269 Walleye (3.5")
  • 06/23/2011 - 25,165 Walleye (2.5")
  • 10/26/2010 - 4,626 Walleye (10.0")
  • 09/15/2010 - 3,828 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/29/2010 - 25,329 Walleye (2.2")
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: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other: except for West Okoboji, East Okoboji, and Spirit Lakes (Dickinson County)
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: none
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Fishing at Black Hawk Lake has been good in recent years. Walleye fishing is best between mid April through mid June. Most fish harvested range from 16 to 22 inches. Fire tiger and white colored twisters, shad raps, and leeches are all lures/baits that work good for the walleye. Largemouth bass fishing is excellent. Bass can be caught throughout the open water season and there is strong population of adult bass over 15 inches. Yellow perch fishing can be good in the early spring and late fall. Many anglers target perch around the inlet bridge, from the fish house, the floating fishing pier, and the west stone pier. Crappie fishing is good in the spring with fish averaging 10 to 11 inches. Most anglers target the fish house the shoreline along Ice House Point. The bluegill fishing has declined in the last couple years, likely due to the gizzard shad infestation. However, quality size bluegill do exist and most are caught through the ice. The channel catfish population is strong with two large size classes of 2-3 pound fish and 4-6 pound fish. Muskie fishing can be good, especially in the spring. It is a young population, but there are 42 to 43 inch individuals out there. Muskie anglers may experience higher than average catch rates, but many will be in the 25 to 35 inch size range.(2020)

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