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Brushy Creek Lake

General Information

County: Webster
Location: 5 miles east of Lehigh
Acres: 690.00
Maximum Depth: 77.5 ft. (2013)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Dolliver Memorial State Park
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

Amenities

Amenities at Brushy Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Water temperatures in most area lakes are in the upper 40's. Most lake levels are over a foot low. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
Black Crappie - Fair: Try near submerged woody structure along shore with a small piece of crawler or minnow on a jig fished under a bobber.
Bluegill - Fair:
Brushy Creek has been drawn down about 4-5 feet for a construction project. Anglers should launch their boat at the north ramp or the west ramp.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw traditional bass lures, plastics, or weedless lures near submerged structure.
Walleye - Slow:
Yellow Perch - Slow:
Channel Catfish - Fair: Brushy Creek Lake has a low-density population of larger channel catfish. Target these larger fish near rocky areas and submerged woody structure using a variety of cut baits and crankbaits fished near the bottom in 10-15 feet of water.
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  • October 2019 - 3,453 Walleye (9.4)
  • 05/15/2019 - 254 Muskellunge (13.2)
  • 05/06/2019 - 1,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/25/2018 - 3,421 Walleye (8.4)
  • 09/18/2018 - 4,140 Channel Catfish (8.6)
  • 05/14/2018 - 255 Muskellunge (12.1)
  • 05/09/2018 - 1,497,300 Walleye (Fry)
  • 5/11/2017 - 269 Muskellunge (13.1")
  • 4/28/2017 - 1,508,500 Walleye (fry)
  • 10/27/2017 - 2,434 Walleye (8.9")
  • 10/23/2017 - 1,020 Walleye (9")
  • 9/20/16 - 4,140 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 5/10/16 - 254 Muskellunge (14.5")
  • 5/10/16 - 300 Muskellunge (14.5")
  • 4/29/16 - 1,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/24/16 - 3,477 Walleye (9.6")
  • 10/13/2015 - 3,458 Walleye (8")
  • 05/11/2015 - 254 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/29/2015 - 1,496,978 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/25/2014 - 12,432 Walleye (6")
  • 09/15/2014 - 4,141 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 08/06/2014 - 8,837 Walleye (2-3")
  • 06/02/2014 - 21,004 Walleye (2")
  • 09/27/2013 - 12,425 Walleye (3.3")
  • 06/11/2013 - 21,128 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/14/2013 - 316 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 09/26/2012 - 11,571 Walleye (5.5")
  • 09/12/2012 - 4,140 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 07/11/2012 - 17,950 Walleye (3.3")
  • 05/07/2012 - 350 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 09/23/2011 - 12,452 Walleye (4.0")
  • 08/17/2011 - 21,199 Walleye (3.5")
  • 06/23/2011 - 21,337 Walleye (2.5")
  • 05/12/2011 - 329 Muskellunge (12.4")
  • 09/28/2010 - 12,823 Walleye (5.0")
  • 09/13/2010 - 3,318 Channel Catfish (9.4")
  • 06/29/2010 - 18,453 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:
  • 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:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Brushy Creek consistently produces good fishing for bluegill, crappie, walleye, largemouth bass and muskie. Yellow perch are a bonus and good numbers can be caught at times. Brushy Creek is home to very large walleye and many 40-inch plus muskie. The catfish population has lot of large individuals. Sampling has shown many channel catfish over 10 pounds. Brushy Creek is deeper than most lakes in the region, so water temperatures warm and cool slower here. Because of its depth, Brushy can thermally stratify, so avoid fishing in areas deeper than 16 to 20 feet during the summer heat. Brushy Creek has more habitat that an angler can fish in a day. Look for areas where multiple habitat types meet. For example, fish areas where you find a weed line running into standing timber next to a rocky point. After the first week in July when the curly leaf pondweed dies back, look for any remaining green vegetation and fish around it.(2020)

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