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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
Angling conditions are ideal as both interior rivers and trout streams remain in excellent condition. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of crappie. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the NE District Office at 563-927-3276.
Anglers are catching largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish out of Casey Lake.
Black Crappie - Fair: Fish 6-8 feet over structure using a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or jigging colored tube jigs.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting spinner or crank baits off of the jetties or face of the dam.
Bluegill - Good: Fish a piece of worm using a small hook under a slip bobber over bluegill beds as they are up spawning.
Channel Catfish - Good: Fish off of the lake bottom using crawlers, leopard frogs, livers or stinkbaits for some good catfish action.
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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 most bass are less than 16 inches in this lake. 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.(2020)
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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.