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Big Creek Lake

Polk County, IA
Polk County, IA
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2 miles north of Polk City
814 acres
LAKE SIZE
51 feet
MAX DEPTH
919 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
No Size Limit at No Wake
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Public Beach
Trails
Boat Rentals
Playground
Restrooms
Accessible Shoreline
Accessible Pier
Fish Cleaning Station
Picnicking
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Carp
Channel Catfish
Drum (Sheepshead)
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Perch
River Carpsucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Big Creek Lake.
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FISHING FORECAST
2019 fish surveys show a good distribution of Largemouth Bass sizes from 8- to 20-inches. Bass are most abundant from 13- to 15-inches. There is a fair population of Smallmouth Bass found mostly in the lower half of the lake with sizes between 10- and 17.5-inches surveyed. Bluegills are mostly topping out around 7.5 inches with a small portion of the population reaching 8 inches. Crappie populations look very good. There was a good group of 9- to 11-inch Black Crappies surveyed in 2019, with plenty of smaller fish coming up behind them. White Crappies surveyed were mostly 8-to 9-inches with some up to 12 inches. Hybrid Striped Bass have been stocked into Big Creek since 2016 to take advantage of the large gizzard shad population. Hybrid striped bass fishing has been good during the summer through early fall and even through the ice. The oldest hybrids are now 20- to 23-inches. Walleye fishing was good in 2019, especially in April, May and June before the gizzard shad hatch. 2019 fish surveys showed a good distribution of sizes from 13.5- to 25-inches. Fry stocked walleye in 2019 have made a good year class. Good walleye fishing looks to continue. Channel Catfish are very abundant from 10.5- to 18-inches and good numbers of 21-to 30-inch fish. The muskie population continues to build since the fish barrier installation that has prevented them from leaving the lake over the spillway. Muskie densities are nearing management goals after a severe crash in 2008. A chance at a 45- to 50-inch fish is now possible.(2019)

AREA PARKS/PUBLIC LAND
PLACES TO STAY
STAY 22: Big Creek Lake
CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Nate Anderson, Conservation Officer; 515-238-4849; [email protected]
Aron Arthur, Conservation Officer; 515-238-5006; [email protected]
Ben Dodd, Fisheries Biologist; 641-891-3795; [email protected]
NOTICE: Lake-Link Inc assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions of the information for Big Creek Lake. Although we strive to provide the most accurate information as we can the information contained in this page is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.
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