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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 Office at (319) 694-2430.
Black Crappie - Fair: With the big drop in water temperature look for the crappies to stay out in deeper water. A water temperature down around 50 normally means they are going to be getting ready to settle down for the winter.
Bluegill - Fair: Look for them out in 8 to 12 foot of water. Work the flooded timber as always or the big brush piles at the upper end of the lake up past the beach.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Should still be able to find some bass in shallow trying to get one last meal before winter. In all that flooded timber I prefer to use either soft plastics or weedless jigs tipped with crawdad trailers.
Water temperature has dropped into the low 50's. Fairly quiet this week as far as angler pressure.
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  • 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")
  • 09/07/2010 - 3,500 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 06/18/2010 - 17,500 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
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.