Learn about the DNR's COVID-19 response and how the current health emergency is impacting DNR facilities, services and events.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: 12 miles south of Waterloo
Acres: 37.00
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (2004 - Information from Black Hawk County Conservation Board.)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Most interior rivers have risen and are now stabilizing or falling with the recent rainfall events. There have been fair to good reports of panfish on the area Black Hawk County lakes at this time and the crappie spawn is mostly finished. Trout stocking season is in full swing but all stockings remain unannounced at this time. All state fish hatcheries remain closed to the public also at this time. For more information call the Manchester Fish Hatchery @ 563-927-3276.
Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie on Casey Lake.
Black Crappie - Good: Try fishing crappie jigs or a minnow under a bobber over structure near the dam and in the coves for success.
Bluegill - Good: Use a small piece of worm on a small hook and sinker fished under a bobber off of the shorelines. Try fishing artificial flies using a slow presentation.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching bass casting crankbaits and topwater baits early morning or late evening.
Download Printable Lake Map
Download Printable Fishing Structures Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 09/11/2019 - 1,034 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • 9/6/2017 - 1,033 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/30/2015 - 665 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/03/2013 - 1,032 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/09/2011 - 1,044 Channel Catfish (8.1")
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: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Casey Lake supports healthy bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish populations. It has been a consistent producer of quality-sized bluegills for many years with fish up to 8- inches or greater. Bluegill reproduction, recruitment and growth have been excellent over the years, due in part to the largemouth bass population. Largemouth bass reproduction is good, but fish grow slowly to larger sizes. Catch rates electrofishing usually average 100-125 fish/hour, which shows a good bass population. Casey Lake has a small population of crappie, but fish caught are usually large. Channel catfish are stocked every other year in Casey Lake and do very well. Growth to larger sizes is excellent for channel catfish, and 6- to 8-pound fish are caught often.(2014)

Contacts

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.