South Prairie Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Location: Located off of Viking Rd., Cedar falls, Ia.
Acres: 22.00
Maximum Depth: 19.3 ft. (2012)
Motoring Restrictions: No wake

Nearby Parks

George Wyth State Park


Amenities at South Prairie Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Community Fishing Location
Rivers and streams are in excellent condition. Weather and angling conditions look ideal for the upcoming weekend and into next week. Area Black Hawk County lakes are producing catches of panfish. Call or stop into your local bait shops for local fishing information. For further information call the Manchester NE District Office at 563-927-3276.
Anglers are catching crappie in Harold Getty Lake.
Black Crappie - Fair: Fish 6-8 feet over structure using a crappie minnow under a slip bobber or jigging colored tube jigs.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Try casting and retrieving top water baits, spinner baits or crankbaits early morning or late evening for largemouth bass.
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 09/10/2019 - 610 Channel Catfish (9)
  • 9/6/2017 - 610 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/28/2015 - 396 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/25/2013 - 610 Channel Catfish (7.9")
  • 06/15/2011 - 396 Channel Catfish (8.7")
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:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 18-inch minimum
    • Other:
South Prairie Lake offers good fishing opportunities for black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and largemouth bass in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro. Bluegills are of quality size with some over eight inches in length. Recent surveys show that most crappies are 6- to 8-inches. South Prairie offers excellent shoreline access, a floating fishing dock, and a hard-surfaced boat ramp.(2020)
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.