Petersons Pit, West

General Information

County: Story
Location: 4 miles northeast of Ames
Acres: 33.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Petersons Pit, West include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Community Fishing Location
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You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 9/8/2017 - 498 Channel Catfish (7.6")
  • 09/21/2015 - 501 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 09/26/2013 - 152 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • 09/13/2011 - 275 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/16/2009 - 213 Channel Catfish (7.9")
The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • 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:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Quillback
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
The fishery was sampled in 2018. West Peterson Pit offers bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Bluegill are much smaller than most anglers prefer with the maximum size being 6-inches. White crappie are reaching sizes more acceptable to anglers. White crappie were sampled up to 14.5-inches with most 7- to 10.0-inches. With normal to high water levels in the spring, anglers should do well catching crappie in any brush or flooded willows. Largemouth bass are present in good numbers with good chances of fish over 15 inches. Bass were sampled from 8- to 21-inches. Channel catfish were not sampled in large numbers with the gear used in 2018, but a good population does exist. Expect to catch catfish in the 10- to 25-inch range. The shallower, south portion of the lake would be the best place to target catfish during the summer.(2019)

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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.