Prairie Rose Lake

General Information

County: Shelby
Location: 8 miles southeast of Harlan
Acres: 173.00
Maximum Depth: 25 ft. (2015)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Prairie Rose State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Prairie Rose Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
  • Fish Cleaning Station
For information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Water clarity is good at Prairie Rose.
Bluegill - No Report: Look for bluegills around the underwater reefs and cedar tree piles in the lake.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Shore anglers report catching largemouth bass casting from the jetty's.
Black Crappie - No Report:
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  • 09/23/2019 - 2,411 Channel Catfish (9.4)
  • 05/03/2019 - 220,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/07/2018 - 346,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 9/14/2017 - 2,000 Channel Catfish (7.4")
  • 4/26/2017 - 222,800 Walleye (fry)
  • 09/09/2015 - 2,411 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/03/2014 - 788 Black Crappie (Adult)
  • 07/02/2013 - 12,000 Largemouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/01/2013 - 45,000 Bluegill (2")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • 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:
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
The fishery at Prairie Rose Lake now nine years past the 2012 lake draining and fishery renovation is really good. The majority of the Largemouth bass are 13 to 15-inches and provide a lot of catch and release angling. Continued growth will improve the quality of the bass fishing in Prairie Rose this summer. The bluegill population has quality 8- to 10-inch bluegills in good numbers. Black Crappies are 10 to 12-inches. Look for crappies around the rocks reefs in early May and bluegills on the beds in late May/June. Plan on doing a lot of catch and release bass fishing. Harvestable size channel catfish are now in the lake. The quality of the fish in Prairie Rose makes this a great fishing destination.(2021)
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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.