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Don Williams Lake

General Information

County: Boone
Location: 5 miles north of Ogden
Acres: 151.00
Maximum Depth: 41.2 ft. (2011)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Don Williams Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Concessions
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For information on Central Iowa lakes and rivers contact Ben Dodd at 641-891-3795 or Andy Otting at 515-204-5885.
Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappies drifting or trolling panfish jigs out a little deeper on the edges of the treefalls and over sunken pallets. Most of the crappies are 8.5 to 10 inches.
Bluegill - Good: Catch spawning bluegills shallow fishing small jigs tipped with nightcrawlers under a bobber.
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  • 9/8/2017 - 995 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 6/8/2017 - 3,219 Walleye (1.6")
  • 09/21/2015 - 1,002 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 06/05/2014 - 4,397 Walleye (2")
  • 10/01/2013 - 1,775 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 06/11/2013 - 4,617 Walleye (1.7")
  • 04/20/2012 - 500,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 09/13/2011 - 881 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:
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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
2019 surveys found Largemouth Bass at all sizes from 10.5- to 21.5-inches. The two main groups are 10- to 16-inches and 17-to 20-inches. The Bluegills are topping out at 8-inches with most in the 6-to 7-inch range. Anglers will enjoy a large population of Black Crappies. The biggest group of crappies were running 8- to 9.5-inches in the fall of 2019. The largest crappies surveyed were just over 10-inches. Channel Catfish are numerous with a big group of 12- to 15-inch fish. Channel catfish up to 28 inches were surveyed. A small Walleye population exists providing an occasional catch. Walleyes surveyed in 2019 were 9.5- to 23.5-inches.(2019)

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.