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

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Amenities at Trumbull Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Ice thickness on area lakes is ranging from 10-18 inches. Large amounts of snow in the recent week have covered up seams and ridges making them less evident. It is suggested that you talk with locals or bait shops to get the latest information before heading out on the ice. Do not travel under bridges and other areas of flow as most of these areas have only recently frozen over. It is Winter Games weekend in the Iowa Great Lakes, so expect lots of people out on the ice.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Size quality is outstanding with some sorting. Use jigs and minnows or wigglers. Fish the main lake.
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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)


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.