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Clear Lake, IA

Known as a great water-activity destination in summer, Clear Lake is a favorite of anglers for great fishing. Over 25 miles of shoreline wrap around this 3,700-acre lake in north-central Iowa at the town of Clear Lake.

The lake has generous populations of bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch, muskie and northern pike, most of which can be caught year round. In winter, once there is safe ice, excellent ice fishing for yellow bass, perch and sunfish draws local fishing enthusiasts. The town of Clear Lake encircles most of the lake and offers easy access to camping, restaurants, convenience stores, bait and tackle, lodging and public areas for fishing from the bank. Boat ramps, marinas and boat rentals are also convenient to visitors. Kayaks, canoes, fishing boats, pontoons and pleasure boats are all ideal watercraft here. Come for a quick fishing trip or an extended vacation, both the town and lake will show you a great time.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, muskie and northern pike at Clear Lake in Iowa.

Primary fish species residing in Clear Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Green Sunfish Pumpkinseed Sunfish White Bass Yellow Bass Yellow Perch Muskie Northern pike

Clear Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Clear Lake Boats - Marina
Rentals: Pontoon boats
641 357-0961

Movement Solutions
Rentals: Fishing vessels and pontoon boats
641 357-3535

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Downtown Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Main Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with street parking.

South Shore Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Nelson Street, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with street parking.

South Shore/17th Avenue Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off 17th Avenue S, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with street parking.

Ventura Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off E Lake Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.


Clear Lake Boats Marina
15296 Raney Dr
Clear Lake, IA 50428
641 357-0961

Click here for a Iowa Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Clear Lake State Park Campground - 641 357-4212

Twin Oaks Campground - 641 357-3337

Oakwood RV Park - 641 357-4019

McIntosh Woods State Park Campground - 641 829-3847

Clear Lake IA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Clear Lake
Clear Lake State Park
6490 S Shore Ct
Clear Lake, IA 50428
641 357-4212


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