Big Creek Lake

General Information

County: Polk
Location: 2 miles north of Polk City
Acres: 814.00
Maximum Depth: 51 ft. (2019)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Big Creek State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Big Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
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  • October 2021 - 600 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (8.2)
  • Fall 2021 - 4,882 Channel Catfish (8.9)
  • 10/28/2021 - 4,573 Walleye (9.7)
  • 06/24/2021 - 8,138 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.5)
  • 05/12/2021 - 300 Muskellunge (>12)
  • 04/29/2021 - 1,766,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • October 2020 - 4,400 Walleye (8.7)
  • 05/14/2020 - 300 Muskellunge (12.4)
  • 04/28/2020 - 1,766,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • October 2019 - 4,405 Walleye (9.3)
  • 05/15/2019 - 300 Muskellunge (13.2)
  • 05/09/2019 - 73 Largemouth Bass (Adult)
  • 05/01/2019 - 1,766,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • November 2018 - 1,618 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (9.4)
  • 10/25/2018 - 4,406 Walleye (8.7)
  • 06/27/2018 - 12,250 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.64)
  • 06/07/2018 - 9,552 Largemouth Bass (1.6)
  • 05/14/2018 - 317 Muskellunge (12.1)
  • 05/08/2018 - 1,766,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 6/30/2017 - 400 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 6/29/2017 - 10,625 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 5/10/2017 - 315 Muskellunge (13.1")
  • 4/28/2017 - 1,817,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 10/26/2017 - 2,562 Walleye (8.9")
  • 10/26/2017 - 87 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (7.2")
  • 10/23/2017 - 1,885 Walleye (9")
  • fall 2016 - 4,401 Walleye (9.8")
  • 6/16/2016 - 8,151 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.3")
  • 5/2/16 - 1,834,500 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/19/2015 - 4,070 Walleye (8")
  • 05/11/2015 - 300 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/28/2015 - 1,766,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/24/2014 - 4,400 Walleye (8")
  • 05/12/2014 - 2,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/28/2013 - 4,100 Walleye (8.9")
  • 05/14/2013 - 1,048 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 05/08/2013 - 1,800,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/29/2012 - 4,717 Walleye (8.5")
  • 05/24/2012 - 32,097 Walleye (1.6")
  • 05/01/2012 - 1,100 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 04/20/2012 - 1,766,000 Walleye (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Freshwater Drum
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 18-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:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum length limit
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 20 inches may be taken per day
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
  • White Sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
2022 fish surveys showed a good distribution of Largemouth Bass sizes from 9- to 19-inches. Bass are most abundant from 11- to 15-inches. There is a fair population of Smallmouth Bass found mostly in the lower half of the lake with sizes surveyed between 10- and 17.5-inches. Bluegills are topping out around 8.5-inches with fair number of 7.5- to 8-in fish. Crappie populations look very good. Black Crappies were surveyed at all sizes from 5- to 12.5-inches, with most in the 9- to 10-inch range. White Crappies surveyed were 8-to 10.5-inches. Hybrid Striped Bass have been stocked into Big Creek since 2016 to take advantage of the large gizzard shad population. Hybrid Striped Bass fishing has been good during the summer through early fall and even through the ice. Hybrids up to 24-inches can be expected. Walleye fishing is good, especially in April, May and June before the Gizzard Shad hatch. 2022 fish surveys showed a good distribution of sizes from 7- to 29-inches. Fry stocked Walleye survived well in 2022, so population numbers look to remain good. Channel Catfish are very abundant from 11- to 16-inches and good numbers of 18- to 30-inch fish. The Muskie population is fair. Muskie densities are near management goals. Muskie surveyed in 2022 ranged in size from 21- to 43-inches. Chances at 45- to 50-inch fish exist.(2022)
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