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Dakins Lake

General Information

County: Story
Location: 2m NE Zearing
Acres: 20.00
Maximum Depth: 15 ft. (1977)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Dakins Lake include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
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  • 09/16/2019 - 353 Channel Catfish (8.6)
  • 04/16/2014 - 10,000 Bluegill (2")
  • 09/13/2011 - 78 Channel Catfish (8.7")
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: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • 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:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Dakins Lake has been stocked with bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye and yellow perch. Sampling in 2019 found bluegills at all sizes with a good group of 7- to 8-inch fish. Black crappies were 9- to 10.5-inches. Largemouth bass numbers are abundant with most fish surveyed 9.5- to 11-inches with some up to 17.5-inches. Channel catfish from the original stocking are 20- to 23-inches.(2019)

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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.