Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock)

General Information

County: Butler
Location: The city of Greene is located at the junction of Highway 14 and County Rd. C13.
Acres: 26.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: None

Nearby Parks


Amenities at Shell Rock River (Greene to Shell Rock) include:
  • Boat Access
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Gravel Boat Ramp
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
Interior rivers may likely bump up with the recent rainfall events. Conditions remain favorable and are providing great angling opportunities. With fall right around the corner fishing should vastly improve. Reports on the interior rivers is that walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been good. Black Hawk County Lakes have been providing catches of largemouth bass also. For further information contact the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276.
Anglers are doing well on both smallmouth bass and walleye on the Shell Rock River.
Walleye - Good: Try a jig and plastic tipped with half a crawler or casting crankbaits.
Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try casting jig and plastics, spinnerbaits or crankbaits for some good smallmouth bass action!
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  • 06/12/2019 - 17,189 Walleye (1.9)
  • 06/06/2018 - 20,480 Walleye (1.39)
  • 6/1/2017 - 13,800 Walleye (1.6")
  • 5/24/2017 - 2,075 Walleye (1.5")
  • 6/8/16 - 6,474 Walleye (1.7")
  • 6/8/16 - 6,696 Walleye (1.8")
  • 5/26/16 - 9,720 Walleye (Fingerling)
  • 4/29/16 - 52,500 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/04/2015 - 7,219 Walleye (1.9")
  • 06/03/2015 - 7,243 Walleye (2")
  • 05/29/2015 - 3,752 Walleye (2")
  • 04/29/2015 - 51,750 Walleye (Fry)
  • 05/28/2014 - 22,000 Walleye (2")
  • 05/13/2014 - 50,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 06/21/2013 - 4,276 Walleye (1.5")
  • 05/22/2012 - 21,954 Walleye (1.2")
  • 05/31/2011 - 17,110 Walleye (1.5")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 12-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:
This 26-mile stretch of river in Butler County from Greene downstream to the community of Shell Rock is a must for any angler. This river offers bountiful and robust smallmouth bass and walleye. An electrofishing survey conducted by staff in the fall of 2020 collected a total of seventy walleye with 30% of those being fifteen inches or greater in length. This fishery has greatly benefited from the IA DNR interior walleye stocking program. Good numbers of smallmouth bass can be caught along with an occasional musky that has escaped from Clear Lake and moved down the Winnebago River into the Shell Rock River. Channel catfish populations are lower in numbers, but are of preferred to memorable size with some catfish approaching 30-inches long. Navigation is best by a kayak, canoe or small jon boat powered with a shallow drive motor. There are two hard surface boat ramps recommended, Camp Comfort County Park (4 miles south of Greene) and Heary Woods State Park south of Clarksville. Boaters whom launch at these sites must motor up-river as there are obstacles (low-head riffle and dam) at both of these areas. There is a gravel access below the boulder riffle at the Camp Comfort County Park and a hard surface boat ramp on the east side of the river below the dam at Shell Rock.(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.