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) are currently being installed as well.
Photos courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Click each photo to learn more.
Fisheries Renovation Timeline
- Spillway Improvements: Completed Winter 2015
- Fish Rearing Pond: Completed Spring 2016
- Shoreline Stabilization & Deepening: Fall 2018 completion
- Sediment Removal: Fall 2018 completion
- Fish Habitat Installation: Fall 2018 completion
- Fish Renovation: to take place November 2018
Fish Common to Easter Lake. Click each photo to learn more. Photos courtesy of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.