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Lost Grove Lake, IA

Popular Fish Species Lost Grove Lake, IA

Lost Grove Lake Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Lost Grove Lake continues to offer decent fishing for bass enthusiasts. Lately the largemouth fishing here has been improving with decent spawns in prior years. Some big bass roam Lost Grove Lake, thanks to excellent fisheries management by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, as well as the availability of extensive cover for both baitfish and bass. When the bite is good, bass typically move shallow and are quite aggressive. If you find them shallow and they are not tempted to bite, slow down and use smaller, lighter baits. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time fishing Lost Grove Lake on deeper structure where the bass spend much of their time. Smallmouth bass and spotted bass also reside here in good numbers.

Lost Grove Lake Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie migrate throughout Lost Grove Lake in search of cover and bait fish. They are averaging a decent size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Live bait and small jigs are the most common method for crappie here. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water. White crappie, in smaller numbers, also make this lake their home.

Lost Grove Lake Popular Fish - Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Tasty channel catfish populate the waters of Lost Grove Lake, and can be found pretty much all around the lake. In Spring channel cats migrate toward incoming water, so stay up river away from the main lake. Night fishing for channel catfish often delivers better results than fishing during the day. In early summer look for rocky banks, the bigger the rocks the better. In summer and winter deeper structure is where to look. The river end of the lake is often the area where the bigger catfish are caught. Fishing for channel catfish is often productive around any kind of structure in the area. Road beds, creek channels and rocky points are all good places to begin. Use a slip sinker or Carolina rig with popular catfish baits. Flathead catfish and blue catfish also reside in the lake and fishing for them is often good as well.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, redear sunfish and muskie at Lost Grove Lake in Iowa.

Bass, crappie and walleye top the list of favored fish species at Lost Grove Lake, which is a 400-acre reservoir in eastern Iowa, 2 miles east of Park View. Other species include catfish, bluegill, sunfish and musky.

Lost Grove Lake in Iowa is a hidden gem for fishing enthusiasts, offering a peaceful and scenic setting for anglers to enjoy their favorite pastime. This 330-acre lake is located near Eldridge and provides a variety of angling opportunities for both experienced and novice anglers.

One of the popular fish species in Lost Grove Lake is largemouth bass. The lake's structure and vegetation make it an ideal habitat for bass, and anglers can find good numbers of largemouth bass throughout the lake. Targeting bass around submerged structures, weed beds, and brush piles can yield rewarding catches. Anglers often use techniques such as casting with soft plastic baits, crankbaits, or topwater lures to entice these prized game fish.

Crappie fishing is also a highlight at Lost Grove Lake. Anglers can target black crappie and white crappie, which are abundant in the lake. Crappie can be found near submerged structures, such as fallen trees or submerged brush piles. Anglers often have success using small jigs, minnows, or artificial baits to tempt these panfish. Spring and fall tend to be productive seasons for crappie fishing in Lost Grove Lake.

Lost Grove Lake is also home to other fish species, including bluegill, channel catfish, and northern pike. Bluegill can be caught using small jigs, worms, or crickets near vegetation or along the lake's edges. Channel catfish can be targeted using cut bait, stinkbaits, or live bait in areas with good cover. Northern pike, known for their aggressive nature, can be pursued using larger baits and fishing near weedy areas or along drop-offs.

Lost Grove Lake in Iowa offers a peaceful and rewarding fishing experience, with popular fish species including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and northern pike. Whether fishing from a boat or the shoreline, anglers can appreciate the tranquility of this picturesque lake and the opportunity to catch a variety of fish species. Lost Grove Lake is a hidden gem for anglers looking for a quiet fishing getaway in the heart of Iowa.

The shoreline meanders in and our of coves for about 8 miles. Two boat launch ramps on the south side of the lake and one in the northwest corner allow for launching of boats with any size motor. However, all boats must be operated at a speed of 5 mph or less. Visitors will find a fishing jetty, pier and numerous areas for fishing from the bank.

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Primary fish species residing in Lost Grove Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White Crappie Walleye Bluegill Redear Sunfish Muskie

Lost Grove Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Boating is allowed on Lost Grove Lake, and anglers can take advantage of the boat ramp for easy access to the water. Whether it's a motorized boat or a kayak, boating provides anglers with the flexibility to explore different areas of the lake and find their favorite fishing spots.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lost Grove Lake Northeast Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 220th Avenue, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Lost Grove Lake South Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off 230th Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Lost Grove Lake Southeast Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off 240th Avenue, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Lost Grove Lake, IA

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Fishing License

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Camping facilities are not available directly at Lost Grove Lake. However, there are nearby campgrounds and parks that provide camping options, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and fully enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Bald Eagle Campground - 563 328-3282

Country Estates RV Park - 563 285-7717

Lost Grove Lake IA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lost Grove Lake
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
319 694-2430


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