Fisheries 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.

Walleye fingerlings from rearing pond

Walleye Fingerlings

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) are currently being installed as well.

Common Carp

Common Carp

Gizzard Shad

Gizzard Shad

Photos courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Click each photo to learn more.

Fisheries Renovation Timeline

Fish Common to Easter Lake. Click each photo to learn more. Photos courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

black crappie

Black Crappie

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Bluegill

Bluegill

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

walleye

Walleye

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