Rice Lake

General Information

County: Winnebago
Location: 1 mile south, 1 mile east of Lake Mills
Acres: 1000.00
Maximum Depth: 10 ft. (1983)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Rice Lake State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Rice Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting small jigs tipped with a wax worm. Best bite is late afternoon.
Ice thickness is 10 to 12 inches.
Walleye - Slow:
Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch are biting on small jigging spoon tipped with a wax worm.
For information on the lakes and rivers in north central Iowa contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting small jigs tipped with a wax worm. Best bite is late afternoon.
Ice thickness is 10 to 12 inches.
Yellow Perch - Slow: Perch are biting on small jigging spoon tipped with a wax worm.
Walleye - Slow:

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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
  • 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:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
This fishery is producing nice walleye, yellow perch, and occasionally bluegills. Fish growth after restoration has been excellent. Anglers will have great opportunities in 2017.(2017)

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.