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Ingham Lake

General Information

County: Emmet
Location: 6 miles east of Wallingford
Acres: 357.00
Maximum Depth: 10.6 ft. (2014)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Fort Defiance State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Ingham Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Iowa Great Lakes are fully iced up with conditions ranging from 10-12 inches. There are still many spots in the main basins that are somewhat thinner so use caution when going out. The use of full sized vehicles is not recommended. Remember to bring a form of ice picks, a form of flotation, and a friend. There is currently a blizzard advisory in affect till the end of Friday. This weekend temperatures should remain below freezing with highs being in the upper 20s and low 30s.
Caution: lake aerator is currently on. Ice thickness is around 8" with two major open holes caused by geese and the lake aeration unit. Anglers have been catching larger Yellow Perch but with low frequency.
Yellow Perch - Fair:
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 08/06/2019 - 2,136 Walleye (4.5)
  • 05/06/2019 - 199,125 Walleye (Fry)
  • 04/23/2019 - 135,000 Northern Pike (Fry)
  • 04/05/2019 - 76,933 Bluegill (2)
  • 10/25/2018 - 4,028 Walleye (5.1)
  • 10/03/2018 - 2,262 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • 07/12/2018 - 2,761 Walleye (2.88)
  • 05/15/2018 - 190,260 Walleye (Fry)
  • 5/4/2017 - 184,500 Walleye (fry)
  • 10/25/2017 - 2,459 Walleye (9")
  • 4/26/16 - 181,500 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/6/16 - 2,163 Channel Catfish (9.1")
  • 10/5/16 - 5,335 Walleye (4.5")
  • 10/14/2015 - 5,306 Walleye (6")
  • 04/27/2015 - 178,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/01/2014 - 4,027 Walleye (6")
  • 09/28/2012 - 7,325 Walleye (5.5")
  • 09/25/2012 - 2,250 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 05/10/2012 - 1,849 Northern Pike (3.0")
  • 09/23/2011 - 10,068 Walleye (4.0")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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:
  • 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
  • Yellow Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Walleye anglers will see an upswing to the fishery as good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish enter the fishery. Crappie anglers, fishing the shallow water in April and May will catch angler acceptable size crappie during the upcoming spring 2017 season. Continued good growth of the crappie population will provide an upswing to the fishery as excellent number of crappie 10 inches and larger will be available to sustain the fishery for the next few years. Channel catfish opportunities will be limited in Ingham Lake. Continued good growth of the channel catfish stocked in 2012 will provide an upswing to the fishery during the 2017 season as numbers of angler acceptable size fish will be available. Anglers will need patience as limited opportunities will increase times between bites; however, persistence will be rewarded with good numbers of fish in the creel. “Bull headers” will experience excellent angling at Ingham Lake for several years with numerous angler acceptable size fish available. (2017)

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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.