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McFarland Pond

General Information

County: Story
Location: 4m NE Ames
Acres: 8.00
Maximum Depth: 18 ft. (2004)
Motoring Restrictions:

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Amenities

Amenities at McFarland Pond include:
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Community Fishing Location
No recent updates

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

  • 09/12/2019 - 125 Channel Catfish (8.7)
  • 9/26/2017 - 126 Channel Catfish (9.3")
  • 09/29/2015 - 125 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/26/2013 - 152 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/13/2011 - 117 Channel Catfish (8.7")
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:
McFarland Pond provides a good fishery for bluegill and largemouth bass. Bluegill were sampled from 3.5- to just over 8-inches. Largemouth bass were sampled in high numbers from 9.5- to 14 -inches. Channel catfish are also available at sizes from 11- to 25-inches.(2019)

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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.