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Dickcissell Lake

General Information

County: Boone
Location: 4m E Boone
Acres: 13.00
Maximum Depth: 8 ft. (1977 - The maximum depth was 8' before the excavation (deepening) in 1980. The borrow was deepened 10'-15'.)
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Ledges State Park


Amenities at Dickcissell Lake include:
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
No recent updates

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

  • 06/18/2019 - 5,000 Yellow Perch (1.25)
  • 9/18/2017 - 124 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 07/15/2015 - 1,000 Yellow Perch (1.4")
  • 04/30/2015 - 125 Yellow Perch (Adult)
  • 04/14/2015 - 26 Largemouth Bass (Adult)
  • 04/14/2015 - 20 Yellow Perch (Adult)
  • 09/26/2013 - 61 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/13/2011 - 73 Channel Catfish (8.7")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Dickcissel has only been stocked with largemouth bass and yellow perch to create a unique fishing opportunity. Largemouth bass in 2019 were surveyed at 8- to 16-inches. Young bass under 8 inches are very abundant. The yellow perch population is still fairly small, but some natural reproduction has been seen. Perch surveyed were 4- to 10-inches, but anglers have caught perch up to 12-inches.(2019)


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.