Discovery Pond

General Information

County: Polk
Acres: 13.00
Maximum Depth: 11 ft. (1996 - Two Dam Pond - the pond was "recently dredged to this depth")
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Big Creek State Park


Amenities at Discovery Pond include:
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Carry Down Boat Launch
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Community Fishing Location
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Download Printable Fishing Structures Map

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

  • 9/18/2017 - 45 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/28/2015 - 45 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/26/2013 - 152 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/12/2011 - 46 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 09/12/2011 - 62 Channel Catfish (8.8")
  • 06/24/2010 - 800 Largemouth Bass (1.2")
  • 09/16/2009 - 22 Channel Catfish (7.9")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
Discovery Pond is an excellent place to introduce new anglers to fishing. The average size of bluegills has increased since the 2015 surveys. Bluegills sampled in 2017 were 4- to 7.5-inches. Largemouth bass are abundant from 9- to 11-inches with larger fish sampled from 12- to 19-inches.(2017)


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.