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Clear Lake

General Information

County: Cerro Gordo
Location: south edge of Clear Lake
Acres: 3684.00
Maximum Depth: 18.1 ft. (2013)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

McIntosh Woods State Park
Clear Lake State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Clear Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Boat Rental
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Channel Catfish - Good: Float a crawler under a bobber along a rocky shoreline. Boat anglers try bouncing a jig and crawler on the rock reefs.
For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
The water temperature is in upper seventies.
Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching walleyes drift fishing a jig and crawler near the vegetation. Also try slip bobber fishing a leech or crawler on the rock reefs.
Yellow Bass - Slow: The best bite is at first light.
Download Printable Lake Map

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

  • October 2019 - 12,767 Walleye (9.5)
  • 05/15/2019 - 600 Muskellunge (12)
  • 05/13/2019 - 1,394 Northern Pike (1.22)
  • 05/03/2019 - 8,632 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 05/03/2019 - 12,776,524 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/15/2018 - 10,009 Walleye (8.9)
  • 09/17/2018 - 10,000 Channel Catfish (8.5)
  • 06/04/2018 - 10,108 Northern Pike (2.7)
  • 05/18/2018 - 12,460,726 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/09/2018 - 6,667,786 Walleye (Fry)
  • 5/23/2017 - 10,015 Northern Pike (2.4")
  • 5/11/2017 - 392 Muskellunge (13.1")
  • 4/29/2017 - 14,500,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 11/3/2017 - 3,614 Walleye (9.3")
  • 11/15/2017 - 1,018 Walleye (9.3")
  • 10/27/2017 - 734 Walleye (8.9")
  • 10/26/2017 - 923 Walleye (9")
  • 10/26/2017 - 2,663 Walleye (8.9")
  • 10/19/2017 - 2,127 Walleye (9.3")
  • 10/19/2017 - 3,442 Walleye (9.3")
  • 10/19/2017 - 3,483 Walleye (9.3")
  • spring 2016 - 15,095 Northern Pike (2.1")
  • fall 2016 - 7,506 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 5/6/16 - 15,300,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 11/9/16 - 18,916 Walleye (9.9")
  • 10/5/16 - 18,070 Walleye (4.5")
  • annual 2015 - 14,031 Walleye (7")
  • annual 2015 - 22,290 Walleye (8")
  • 05/18/2015 - 10,000 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 05/13/2015 - 600 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 04/29/2015 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 9,509 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 18,007 Walleye (8")
  • 09/25/2014 - 18,019 Walleye (6")
  • 06/03/2014 - 10,909 Northern Pike (2-3")
  • 05/08/2014 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/21/2013 - 17,113 Walleye (8.0")
  • 10/03/2013 - 31,296 Walleye (3.3")
  • 05/29/2013 - 20,098 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 05/16/2013 - 605 Muskellunge (12.5")
  • 05/07/2013 - 16,600,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/23/2012 - 14,223 Walleye (7.6")
  • 09/17/2012 - 7,141 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/08/2012 - 15,608 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 05/07/2012 - 200 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 04/12/2012 - 8,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/10/2011 - 17,001 Walleye (8.3")
  • 06/28/2011 - 70,569 Walleye (2.7"-3.2")
  • 05/18/2011 - 10,240 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 05/12/2011 - 560 Muskellunge (12.4")
  • 05/11/2011 - 1,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/26/2011 - 15,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/18/2010 - 18,002 Walleye (9.4")
  • 09/08/2010 - 8,800 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 07/02/2010 - 56,454 Walleye (2.2")
  • 05/18/2010 - 2,222 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 05/18/2010 - 10,132 Northern Pike (2.5")
  • 04/28/2010 - 2,500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/21/2010 - 16,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Bigmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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: Except for border lakes
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Flathead 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: Except for border lakes
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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: except for West Okoboji, East Okoboji, and Spirit Lakes (Dickinson County)
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Pumpkinseed
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 14-inch minimum length limit
    • Other: No more than one walleye longer than 22 inches may be taken per day
  • White Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
  • White Sucker
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Walleye angling is excellent on Clear Lake. The most productive times are shortly after ice-out through mid-June. Many size classes available. There has been excellent survival of recent stockings, so many small fish are currently in the population. Yellow Bass numbers have declined, but some large fish are still being caught. Crappie, Bluegill, and Yellow Perch numbers continue to increase. Winter and Spring are the best seasons to target these panfish. Muskellunge provide opportunities for trophy sized fish. Spring and Fall target Muskie along docks and weedlines. Channel Catfish numbers are improving. The population has large fish over 6 lbs and 1 to 3 pounders.(2020)

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.