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Guide To Fishing At Saylorville Lake

AKA: Saylorville Reservoir

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Offering a wide variety of fish species, Saylorville Lake is a 5,400-acre lake with healthy populations of bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, sunfish, perch, hybrid stripers and northern pike. Located in central Iowa at Polk City. For anglers who enjoy fishing from the bank, there is good to excellent shoreline fishing along the 10 miles of shoreline, as well as a fishing jetty.

Boat ramps, rental boats and a marina assist the public with ways to navigate and enjoy this scenic waterway. No limitations are set for motorized boats, so all type boats are welcome here. Fishing boats, pleasure boat, pontoons, canoes and kayaks are all popular craft for experiencing Saylorville Reservoir. Camping and lodging are available at and nearby the lake.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass, hybrid striped bass and northern pike at Saylorville Lake in Iowa.

Primary fish species residing in Saylorville Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Hybrid Striped Bass Northern pike

Saylorville 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

Big Creek Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks, canoes and pontoon boats
515 984-6083

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Cherry Glen Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, southeast side, off NW 94th Avenue, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Sandpiper Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off McBride Drive, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Saylorville - Main Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off NW Beaver Drive, this is three, two-lane, concrete ramps with docks and lots of paved parking.

Southwest Saylorville Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, at the west end of the Northwest Saylorville Drive Bridge, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and gravel parking.


Saylorville Lake Marina
6170 NW Polk City Dr
Polk City, IA 50226
515 984-6541

Click here for a Iowa Fishing License.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Jester Park Campground - 515 323-5300

Acorn Valley Campground - 515 276-0429

Bob Shelter Campground - 515 276-0873

Cherry Glen Campground - 515 964-8792

Prairie Flower Campground - 515 984-6925

Saylorville Lake IA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Saylorville Lake
Saylorville Marina
6170 N.W. Polk City Drive
Polk City, IA 50226
515 984-6541


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