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Trumbull Lake

General Information

County: Clay
Location: 4 miles west, 5 miles north of Ruthven
Acres: 1183.00
Maximum Depth: 5 ft. (2008 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Trumbull Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
The walleye season is currently closed on Spirit, East Okoboji and West Okoboji Lake. Ice is still in good condition, ranging from 18-24 inches, but many of the boat ramps have deteriorated ice due to large vehicle traffic and warm weather. The extended forecast calls for continued warm temperatures with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s.
Ice conditions are around 11 inches with an open hole on the north end caused by geese.
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The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Northern Pike
    • Season: Continuous, except for boundary lakes
    • Daily Bag Limit: 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: 6 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: Except for border lakes
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Trumbull Lake will provide yellow perch angler’s opportunities to harvest angler acceptable size and larger fish throughout the 2017 – 2018 fishing season. Yellow perch opportunities will be limited in Trumbull Lake; however, anglers with persistence and patience will be rewarded with angler acceptable and larger size fish in the creel. Best fishing action will occur during the early spring on the hard bottom point on the north side of the lake. Cast a minijig tipped with wigglers to find yellow perch, then switch to bait under a bobber for the best action. Don’t overlook the winter season for good action; move around until active fish are found. (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.