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Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: 12 miles south of Waterloo
Acres: 37.00
Maximum Depth: 20 ft. (2014)
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
Interior rivers continue to drop and are providing some catches of smallmouth bass and walleye. Lakes in and around Cedar Falls/Waterloo area are providing some catches of primarily largemouth bass. Trout streams remain in excellent condition but potential heavy thunderstorms are predicted for this evening, anglers may want to call ahead. All three trout hatcheries remain closed, for further information call the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish on Casey Lake. Some sorting may be needed on bluegill and crappie and catfish angling has been best early morning or late evening.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting crankbaits, spinnerbaits, topwater and plastics for some great bass action!
Bluegill - Good: Fish a small piece of worm under a bobber with a small splitshot sinker and small hook.
Black Crappie - Good: Try casting and retrieving various colored tube jigs for some crappie success.
Channel Catfish - Good: Cast on the bottom of the lake dead cutbaits, chicken livers or stinkbait fished eraly morning or later evening hours.
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  • 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)

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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.