Easter Lake Fishery Improvements
Fishery Improvements Overview
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Polk County Conservation Board, and Central Iowa Anglers are working to enhance the fishery at Easter Lake. These exciting improvements include shoreline stabilization and deepening, removal of excess sediment, and construction of an in-lake silt pond. A fish rearing pond was constructed near the lake to rear Walleye fingerlings for Easter Lake.
The spillway was updated to include a fish barrier to prevent injurious fish (Common Carp and Gizzard Shad) from reentering the lake. The gate-valve outlet structure was replaced, which can be an important tool for manipulating water levels to improve the fishery. Fish habitat structures (cedar trees, spawning beds, catfish hides, and rock piles) were installed as well.
Fish Species Found at Easter Lake
Fish Common to Easter Lake include: Walleye, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Large Mouth Bass, and Black Crappie. Click each photo to learn more. Photos courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources