Coralville Reservoir

General Information

County: Johnson
Location: 4 miles north of Iowa City
Acres: 5280.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: None

Nearby Parks

Lake Macbride State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Coralville Reservoir include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.
The lake is at normal summer pool.
Channel Catfish - Fair: Drifting or slow trolling cut bait has been best.
White Crappie - Fair: Try minnows or bright jigs over brush piles.
Download Printable Lake Map

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

  • 07/03/2018 - 25,998 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.81)
  • 06/29/2018 - 53,536 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.68)
  • 06/05/2018 - 80,192 Walleye (1.41)
  • 05/08/2018 - 5,340,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 6/29/2017 - 54,044 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 6/2/2017 - 12,664 Walleye (1.7")
  • 6/2/2017 - 14,037 Walleye (1.8")
  • 5/30/2017 - 85,410 Walleye (1.7")
  • 4/26/2017 - 5,340,000 Walleye (fry)
  • 6/8/16 - 105,073 Walleye (1.5")
  • 6/22/2016 - 42,989 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.5")
  • 6/17/2016 - 56,211 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.4")
  • 5/4/16 - 1,000,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 5/26/16 - 53,900 Walleye (Fingerling)
  • 4/27/16 - 5,340,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/18/2015 - 75,070 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.5")
  • 05/12/2015 - 500,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 04/23/2015 - 5,200,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 81,308 Saugeye (2")
  • annual 2014 - 78,937 Walleye (2")
  • annual 2014 - 112,707 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 08/14/2014 - 82,180 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 06/26/2014 - 3,000 Largemouth Bass (2")
  • 06/12/2014 - 75,000 Largemouth Bass (1")
  • 05/05/2014 - 5,340,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/28/2014 - 1,006,500 Walleye (Fry)
  • 07/09/2013 - 5,800 Largemouth Bass (1.5")
  • 06/26/2013 - 24,448 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.4")
  • 06/10/2013 - 45,792 Walleye (1.7")
  • 06/04/2013 - 11,100 Saugeye (1.2")
  • 05/29/2013 - 116,900 Walleye (2")
  • 04/15/2013 - 136,000 Saugeye (Fry)
  • 05/17/2012 - 57,994 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/11/2012 - 14,840 Saugeye (1.3")
  • 05/11/2012 - 4,585,002 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/11/2012 - 900,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 04/06/2012 - 207,900 Saugeye (Fry)
  • 06/29/2011 - 28,335 Largemouth Bass (1.4")
  • 06/29/2011 - 35,243 Walleye (2.7")
  • 06/28/2011 - 33,500 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 06/24/2011 - 11,800 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.9")
  • 06/24/2011 - 59,258 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.9")
  • 06/08/2011 - 27,092 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/19/2011 - 160,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 05/11/2011 - 5,248,518 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/04/2011 - 400,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/22/2011 - 500,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 06/06/2010 - 5,000 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 06/04/2010 - 70,290 Walleye (1.7")
  • 05/26/2010 - 5,130 Saugeye (1.5")
  • 05/11/2010 - 1,000,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (Fry)
  • 04/27/2010 - 5,683,106 Walleye (Fry)
  • 07/08/2009 - 5,700 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (3.0")
  • 06/05/2009 - 50,000 Largemouth Bass (Fry)
  • 06/03/2009 - 38,123 Walleye (1.8")
  • 05/29/2009 - 31,000 Walleye (1.3")
  • 05/29/2009 - 9,400 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.5")
  • 05/04/2009 - 5,430,000 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 Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Freshwater Drum
    • 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.
  • 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:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Quillback
    • 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.
  • Shorthead redhorse
    • 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.
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Smallmouth Buffalo
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Spotted bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-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:
  • 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:
  • 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.
Bluegill numbers are fair; most fish are 4- to 7-inches. Larger crappies have not been seen since spring. Most fish this fall were 7- to 9-inches. If the bigger ones are still out there, they will be 11- to 13-inches. Largemouth bass numbers are on the rise and most fish are 10- to 17-inches. White bass numbers are moderate with most 10- to 14-inches. Walleyes and saugeyes are difficult to sample here, but there should be many smaller fish, with walleyes up to 28-inches available. Channel catfish and flathead catfish numbers are down from last winter's winter kill, but numbers are still good and most channels are 1-8 pounds and flatheads up to 40-50 pounds.(2015)

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.