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.
Black Crappie - Slow:
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are associated with the thermocline during the middle of the day. Anglers are slow trolling eight feet of water with small jigs tipped with crawler to find fish.
Channel Catfish - No Report:
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast the shore line and the tree piles to catch 14 to 16 inch fish. Don't overlook the underwater reefs and rock piles in the lake to find largemouth bass.
Water clarity is good at Prairie Rose.
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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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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.