North Prairie Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: SW edge of Cedar Falls
Acres: 10.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: No wake

Nearby Parks

George Wyth State Park

Amenities

Amenities at North Prairie Lake include:
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Community Fishing Location
Rivers and streams are in excellent condition. Weather and angling conditions look ideal for the upcoming weekend and into next week. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the Manchester NE District Office at 563-927-3276.
Anglers are catching largemouth bass out of North Prairie Lake.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Try casting and retrieving top water baits, spinner baits or crankbaits early morning or late evening for largemouth bass.
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  • April 2019 - 944 Brook Trout (10.8)
  • annual 2019 - 2,547 Rainbow Trout (10.8)
  • 09/19/2019 - 281 Channel Catfish (8.8)
  • annual 2018 - 3,960 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 80 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2017 - 3,220 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 9/6/2017 - 282 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • Feb 2016 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Feb 2016 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/30/2015 - 180 Channel Catfish (8")
  • annual 2014 - 400 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • annual 2014 - 1,400 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • Winter 2013 - 3,600 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 10/04/2013 - 287 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • winter 2012 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2011 - 50 Brook Trout (2-3/lb)
  • winter 2011 - 3,300 Rainbow Trout (2-3/lb)
  • 09/15/2011 - 180 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:
  • Rainbow Trout
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined trout (brook, brown, and rainbow) - 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Anglers must have paid the Trout Fee to fish for or possess trout
North Prairie Lake is stocked twice each spring and fall with about 1,800 rainbow trout for cold-weather community fishery opportunities. North Prairie also maintains populations of bluegill, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Shore fishing can be difficult in some areas due to abundant emergent vegetation.(2020)
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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.