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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Lost Island Lake in Iowa.

Lost Island Lake, IA

A popular ice fishing destination in winter, Lost Island Lake also has a reputation for good fishing in warm weather. This 1,260-acre lake is located in northwest Iowa 2 miles north of Ruthven.

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Lost Island Lake in Iowa is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of fish species and a picturesque setting. Located near Ruthven, this 1,200-acre lake provides anglers with exceptional opportunities to catch a variety of popular fish.

One of the sought-after fish species in Lost Island Lake is walleye. The lake's clear waters and abundant forage make it an ideal habitat for walleye. Anglers can target walleye using various techniques such as trolling with crankbaits or spinner rigs, casting with jigs, or live bait rigging. Early morning and evening hours are often prime times to fish for walleye in Lost Island Lake.

Another popular species in Lost Island Lake is yellow perch. These feisty panfish provide excellent angling opportunities throughout the year. Perch can be caught using small jigs, spinners, or live bait near weed beds, drop-offs, and submerged structures. They offer great action and are highly prized for their delicious fillets.

Lost Island Lake is also home to other fish species, including black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, and northern pike. Anglers can target black crappie using small jigs or minnows near submerged structures or brush piles. Bluegill can be found near vegetation or along the lake's edges and can be caught using small jigs, worms, or crickets. Largemouth bass and northern pike provide thrilling fishing experiences, with anglers targeting them near weed beds, structure, or along the shoreline.

In summary, Lost Island Lake in Iowa offers excellent fishing opportunities for a variety of popular fish species, including walleye, yellow perch, black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, and northern pike. With its boating options, camping facilities, and picturesque surroundings, Lost Island Lake provides a complete outdoor experience for anglers and nature lovers, making it a top destination for fishing in the heart of Iowa.

Within 7 miles of shoreline bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch and northern pike reside in good numbers. Walleye, channel catfish and pike top the list of locals. Amenities include a nice boat launch ramp and camping at Lost Island Huston Park, a pier, a fish cleaning station and open areas for fishing from the bank.

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Primary fish species residing in Lost Island Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Yellow Bass Yellow Perch Northern Pike

Lost Island Lake Amenities

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

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Boating is a popular activity on Lost Island Lake, with boat ramps available for easy access to the water. Anglers can explore the lake's various fishing spots and enjoy the flexibility of reaching different areas. Whether it's cruising, water skiing, or simply enjoying the scenic beauty, boating adds another layer of enjoyment to the fishing experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Hudson Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off 350th Avenue, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

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Camping facilities are available near Lost Island Lake, providing anglers and outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds offer amenities such as RV hookups, tent sites, picnic areas, and hiking trails, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay for visitors.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lost Island – Huston Park Campground - 712 837-4866

East Leach Park Campground - 712 580-7265

Lost Island Lake IA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lost Island Lake
Lost Island – Huston Park Campground
3267 – 350th Avenue
Ruthven, Iowa 51358
712 837-4866


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