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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
As of March 4th, anglers are still fishing larger bodies of water. The top 5-6 inches of most ice is cloudy and rotten. Due to the predicted warm temperatures, ice will continue to deteriorate quickly to the point where it is unsafe . Use caution and check ice often if you do venture out. For more information, contact the Black Hawk District office at 712-657-2638.
Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers have had luck in 10-20 feet of water.
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill have been picked up in 20 ft of water using waxworms.
Ice conditions are deteriorating due to the warm weather and will continue to do so quickly to a point where ice is unsafe. Areas near inflows are unsafe. As of March 4th, anglers are still making there way out with foot traffic only. Anglers should use their judgement, caution, and check ice often. Water clarity on the north end of the lake is lower due to snowmelt running into the lake.
Walleye - Fair: Fish are still being picked up with a jigging spoon and small minnow or minnow head. Try areas with up to 25 feet of depth to find fish.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Fish have been biting in 10-20 feet of water using minnows or waxworms. Sorting is needed but keepers are 10-12 inches.
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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")
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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