South Prairie Lake

General Information

County: Black Hawk
Acres: 22.00
Maximum Depth: 22 ft. (1993)
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
There have been good reports on the interior rivers of anglers catching walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike. The forecast is calling for rain next couple of days so may want to check river levels for the upcoming weekend. Trout streams remain in excellent condition, for further information contact the N.E. District Office at 563-927-3276.
Reports are bluegill, crappie and largemouth bass are moving shallow as temperatures increase. Anglers are doing fair on all species.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast topwater baits early morning or late evening. Crankbaits and spinner baits are good artificial lures to try as well.
Bluegill - Fair: Try fishing a small piece of nightcrawler under a slip bobber at various depths to locate bluegill.
Black Crappie - Fair: Try casting colored tube jigs or floating a crappie minnow under a slip bobber for crappie.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 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")
  • 09/22/2009 - 500 Channel Catfish (7.5")
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. Most bluegills are 5- to 7-inches and recent surveys show that most crappies are 6- to 9-inches. South Prairie offers excellent shoreline access, a floating fishing dock, and a hard-surfaced boat ramp.(2015)


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.