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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
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Ice thickness in district lakes and ponds is between 9-14 inches with the occasional seam or thin ice in the main basins. Ice is covered with slush and water in some places due to recent warmer temperatures. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
Black Crappie - Fair: Use wax worms and small live minnows. Sorting is needed. Fish 8-10" reported. Bite has been hit or miss.
Bluegill - Fair: Use a waxworm on a small jig fished in 3-6 feet of water. Sorting is needed with some fish up to 8".
Ice thickness is 12 inches in front of the Ice House Point boat ramp. There is open water in Town Bay from the winter aeration system. Ice in the east basin may have thinner areas. Most angling activity has been near the Ice House Point boat ramp and near the Gunshot Hill shoreline. Ice is thinner in the inlet bridge bay. Avoid ice near the bridge.
Walleye - Slow:
Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish the SW portion of the lake in the areas between Provost Point, Denison Beach, and Ice House Point. May have to move to find fish. Use waxworms or live minnows on a small jig. Fish are 6-12 inches.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • October 2019 - 15,257 Walleye (9)
  • 05/14/2019 - 386 Muskellunge (11.9)
  • 05/08/2019 - 2,280,150 Walleye (Fry)
  • 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")
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 is seasonal and can be good in the early spring and late fall. 2019 saw a record harvest of yellow perch on Black Hawk Lake. 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 3-4 pound fish and 5-7 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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