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Hawthorn Lake

General Information

County: Mahaska
Location: 1 mile south of Barnes City on the east side of V13
Acres: 182.00
Maximum Depth: 29.2 ft. (2015)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Hawthorn Lake include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
The district includes Appanoose, Davis, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne and Van Buren counties. Most lakes in the district have water temperatures in the high 40's. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.
Bluegill - Slow: Use small jigs tipped with a nightcrawler around structure. Sorting may be needed for larger fish.
Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass have moved out to 6-8 feet of water. Try soft plastics fished slow around structure.
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  • 09/12/2019 - 1,800 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • 05/04/2018 - 199 Muskellunge (11.8)
  • 9/18/2017 - 1,416 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 4/28/16 - 200 Muskellunge (10")
  • 09/24/2015 - 1,499 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 05/08/2015 - 200 Muskellunge (12.3")
  • 05/13/2014 - 198 Muskellunge (9.6")
  • 10/29/2013 - 40,600 Redear Sunfish (2.0")
  • 09/25/2013 - 1,937 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 07/09/2013 - 5,184 Largemouth Bass (1.5")
  • 05/29/2013 - 1,923 Channel Catfish (5.1")
  • 10/11/2012 - 35,000 Black Crappie (2.0")
  • 06/19/2012 - 17,700 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 06/06/2012 - 150 Redear Sunfish (Adults)
  • 05/07/2012 - 151 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 06/20/2011 - 17,700 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 05/18/2011 - 1,770 Channel Catfish (2.0")
  • 03/29/2011 - 70,000 Bluegill (1.3")
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: All 12 to16-inch fish must be immediately released
    • Other:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
Black crappie abundance is high and angling for large fish was excellent in 2020, especially early in the year. Most fish are over nine inches but a very larger proportion is greater than 10 inches. Bluegill angling continues to improve, abundance is high, and fish approaching 9 inches were sampled in 2020. Redear sunfish are also abundant and can be found at sizes greater than 9 inches. Largemouth bass remain abundant, growth is somewhat slow but the size range of fish is good. A high abundance of fish greater than 15 inches is present. Channel catfish are dominated by large fish, many greater than 27 inches in length.(2020)

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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.