Big Hollow Lake

General Information

County: Des Moines
Location: 3 miles west of Sperry
Acres: 178.00
Maximum Depth: 56.8 ft. (2013)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Big Hollow Lake include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For more information on the above Lakes call the Lake Darling Fisheries Station at (319) 694-2430.
Water temperature were 67-68 degrees on Wednesday. Curlyleaf pondweed is forming beds in some of the shallow areas, the duckweed is getting going now also.
Black Crappie - Good: Crappie fishing remains good. The crappies remain out at 14-16 foot of water. Anglers are catching them using vertical jigging.
Bluegill - Fair: The bluegills are hanging out deeper for at least a little while longer. Should be moving in shallow with the warm weather forecast.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Run something flashy out along the edges of the flooded timber or cast soft plastics up into the flooded timber to catch some nice fish.
Muskellunge - Good: Some of the bass anglers are catching a big surprise when they hook into a musky while bass fishing. Some are running between 48 and 52 inches.
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  • 09/25/2020 - 22,674 Redear Sunfish (2)
  • 09/16/2020 - 2,482 Channel Catfish (7.9)
  • 05/11/2020 - 90 Muskellunge (12.4)
  • 01/27/2020 - 77 Muskellunge (11)
  • 09/19/2018 - 2,475 Channel Catfish (8.6)
  • 05/11/2018 - 90 Muskellunge (11.8)
  • 9/13/16 - 2,485 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 5/9/16 - 90 Muskellunge (14.5")
  • 09/24/2014 - 2,496 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 05/19/2014 - 178 Muskellunge (10.5")
  • 09/10/2012 - 3,563 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 05/07/2012 - 178 Muskellunge (12.6")
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:
A stocking request was submitted to the IDNR hatcheries for largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish. The order will be filled in 2009. Additionally, adult black crappie and redear sunfish will be collected from lakes in the area and stocked in Big Hollow Lake following the establishment of the aforementioned species.(2008)
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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.