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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish and hybrid striped bass at Lake Wapello in Iowa.

Lake Wapello, IA

Boating, camping and fishing are all popular at Lake Wapello, a 1,150-acrelake in southeast Iowa, 8 miles east of Unionville. Fish species here include bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and wiper.

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Lake Wapello in Iowa is a picturesque destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a serene and tranquil setting. This 289-acre lake, nestled within Lake Wapello State Park, provides anglers with ample opportunities to catch a variety of popular fish species.

One of the sought-after fish species in Lake Wapello is largemouth bass. The lake's clear waters, submerged structures, and abundant vegetation make it an ideal habitat for bass. Anglers can target largemouth bass using various techniques, such as casting with soft plastic baits, topwater lures, or crankbaits. The lake's structure, including weed beds, fallen trees, and rocky areas, provides plenty of cover for bass to hide and ambush their prey.

Bluegill is another popular species in Lake Wapello, offering anglers a fun and rewarding fishing experience. These feisty panfish can be found near the lake's shoreline, particularly around submerged vegetation or brush piles. Anglers can use small jigs, worms, or crickets to entice bluegill bites. They provide excellent action for young anglers or those looking for a relaxing day on the water.

Channel catfish can also be found in Lake Wapello, presenting an opportunity for anglers to reel in some impressive fish. Catfish can be caught using techniques such as bottom fishing with cut bait, stinkbaits, or live bait. The lake's deeper areas and submerged structures are prime locations to target catfish. Nighttime or low-light conditions can often be the most productive times for catfish angling.

Lake Wapello in Iowa offers a serene and picturesque fishing experience for anglers seeking tranquility. With popular fish species such as largemouth bass, bluegill, and channel catfish, the lake provides diverse fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Whether fishing from a non-motorized boat or the shoreline, anglers can appreciate the peacefulness and natural beauty of Lake Wapello, making it an ideal destination for fishing and outdoor recreation.

Bass are the favored species, crappie are a close second and wiper fishing can vary from good to poor. Trails or roadways outline over 7 miles of shoreline, providing access to many areas for fishing from the bank. Rental boats, a fishing jetty, several boat launch ramps, a bait shop, fish cleaning station, a pier and Lake Wapello State Park Campground are open to the public.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Wapello

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Bluegill Redear Sunfish Hybrid Stripers

Lake Wapello Amenities

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

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While Lake Wapello does not allow motorized boats, it is an ideal lake for non-motorized boating. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards provide anglers with a peaceful way to navigate the lake and explore different fishing spots. The calm waters and scenic beauty enhance the overall experience, allowing anglers to fully immerse themselves in nature.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Lake Wapello Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Campground Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

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Camping facilities are available within Lake Wapello State Park, offering a range of options for overnight stays. The campground provides amenities such as electric and non-electric sites, shower facilities, picnic areas, and hiking trails. Camping near Lake Wapello allows anglers to extend their fishing trips and enjoy the peacefulness of the surrounding park.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Wapello State Park Campground - 641 722-3371

Lake Wapello IA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Wapello
Lake Wapello State Park
15248 Campground Rd
Drakesville, IA 52552
641 722-3371


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