Pickeral Lake

General Information

County: Buena Vista
Location: 7 miles northwest of Marathon
Acres: 170.00
Maximum Depth: 19.7 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Pickeral Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
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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:
Pickeral Lake has a low density walleye population, but the fish that are there are quality size (15 to 18 inches). The yellow perch population is moderate with the harvestable size fish ranging from 8 to 11 inches. Black bullhead dominate the fishery and can be found up to 10 inches.(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.