Purple Martin Lakes

General Information

County: Polk
Location: Located at the Dead-End of Army Post Road near Walnut Woods State Park, Des Moines
Acres: 87.20
Maximum Depth: 19.5 ft. (2018)
Motoring Restrictions:

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Amenities at Purple Martin Lakes include:
  • Community Fishing Location
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  • 06/24/2021 - 911 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.5)
  • 06/26/2019 - 870 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.3)
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
Fish species surveyed in 2018 included largemouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, white bass and flathead catfish. Any species found in the Raccoon River is likely present. The crappie and bluegill surveyed were small, under 6 inches. Lager crappies are likely present, but just not surveyed with the gear used. Largemouth bass were surveyed up to 15 inches and white bass up to 13.5 inches.(2019)
Tip: Click the arrow in the lower right corner to view the Fish Survey Data tool in full-screen mode.


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.