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Crystal Lake

General Information

County: Hancock
Location: north edge of Crystal Lake
Acres: 264.00
Maximum Depth: 18.4 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Crystal Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Black Crappie - Fair: Drift fish a minnow or small jig near the dredge cut.
Bluegill - Fair: Fish a small piece of crawler under a bobber near the shore.
For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Largemouth Bass - Good:
Download Printable Lake Map

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

  • 05/13/2019 - 1,436 Northern Pike (1.22)
  • 09/17/2018 - 1,580 Channel Catfish (8.4)
  • 07/05/2018 - 2,645 Walleye (2.59)
  • 06/04/2018 - 1,330 Northern Pike (2.7)
  • 5/23/2017 - 1,330 Northern Pike (2.4")
  • spring 2016 - 4,410 Northern Pike (2.1")
  • fall 2016 - 1,580 Channel Catfish (9.3")
  • 7/22/16 - 3,519 Walleye (3.2")
  • 7/21/16 - 3,519 Walleye (3.2")
  • 10/5/16 - 2,731 Walleye (4.5")
  • 10/18/16 - 2,702 Largemouth Bass (4")
  • 11/03/2015 - 2,601 Walleye (8")
  • 10/22/2015 - 300 Largemouth Bass (11")
  • 10/13/2015 - 4,026 Walleye (6")
  • 10/01/2015 - 130,000 Bluegill (1.2")
  • 10/01/2015 - 2,304 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 05/18/2015 - 1,320 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 09/19/2014 - 822 Northern Pike (10")
  • 09/18/2014 - 1,645 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 07/31/2014 - 5,455 Walleye (2-3")
  • 06/03/2014 - 1,398 Northern Pike (2-3")
  • 07/17/2013 - 7,556 Walleye (2.4")
  • 05/29/2013 - 2,808 Northern Pike (2.7")
  • 10/11/2012 - 243 Northern Pike (8.3")
  • 09/13/2012 - 1,580 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 05/08/2012 - 2,748 Northern Pike (2.9")
  • 10/10/2011 - 8,350 Walleye (4.1")
  • 05/18/2011 - 1,490 Northern Pike (2.6")
  • 04/12/2011 - 49,800 Bluegill (1.3")
  • 09/14/2010 - 1,264 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 06/23/2010 - 26,400 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/18/2010 - 1,357 Northern Pike (2.5")
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: Except for border lakes
  • 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, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • 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:
The Crappie population is good at Crystal Lake. Fish the Spring spawn along shorelines, drift or troll small jigs mid-basin in the Summer and Fall. Northern Pike numbers are good with some large sized fish available. Largemouth Bass population has improved and can be targeted on shoreline structure. Bluegill size quality is improving, but still requires some sorting for the larger fish. Walleye are available and often caught while targeting other species.(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.