Clear Lake, Iowa, is a well-known for fishing enthusiasts, boasting a sprawling 3,684-acre natural lake with an average depth of 10 feet. Thanks to a $9 million dredging project completed in 2009, the health of the lake continues to improve significantly, leading to exceptional fishing opportunities.

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Weekly Fishing Report

Stay informed about the latest fishing conditions and hotspots with our weekly fishing report, ensuring you make the most of your angling adventures on Clear Lake. The report publishes every Thursday on our Facebook page, or subscribe to the Iowa DNR’s weekly email to receive it direct to your inbox.

Clear Lake Species

Prepare to reel in a diverse array of fish species, including Walleye, Yellow Bass, Channel Catfish, Bullhead, Crappies, White Bass, Muskies, Bluegills, Northern Pike, Flathead Catfish, and Perch.

Fishing Regulations & Licenses

Before casting your line, familiarize yourself with Clear Lake’s fishing regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.  Licenses may be purchased online, or from local retailers Clear Lake Bait & Tackle and Brother’s Ace Hardware.

Bait Shops/Supplies

Stock up on bait, licenses, supplies, and expert advice at our experienced bait shops. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice fisherman, our trusted establishments are equipped with everything you need for a successful day on the water. From top-quality bait to essential fishing gear and knowledgeable staff ready to offer valuable tips and guidance, our bait shops ensure you’re fully prepared to reel in the big catch.

Clear Lake Bait & Tackle
524 Hwy 18 E, (641) 231-8028
Offering a full line of bait and fishing supplies, daily fishing reports, and full-service guide services.

Brother’s Ace Hardware
580 Hwy 18 E, (641) 357-7080
Fishing Licenses are available here.

The Crazy Minnow
1124 S 8th St, (641) 357-2248

Fishing Guides

Enhance your fishing expedition with the expertise of Clear Lake Fishing Guides at Clear Lake Bait & Tackle. Connect with experienced guides for personalized fishing experiences.

Looking for an Iowa fishing guide with a proven track record of success? Look no further than Kevan Paul, owner of Clear Lake Bait & Tackle Shop and the renowned Kevan Paul’s Guide Service. Since 2008, Kevan has been guiding anglers on both hard and soft water, earning a reputation for excellence in the field.

Why Choose Kevan Paul’s Guide Service?

  • Expertise: With years of experience and numerous tournament wins on Clear Lake and other Iowa lakes, Kevan and his team bring unparalleled expertise to every fishing trip.
  • Personalized Service: At Kevan Paul’s Guide Service, we prioritize your experience above all else. We focus on making memories and ensuring you have a blast on the water.
  • Group-Friendly: Whether you’re fishing solo or with a group of 50, we’ve got you covered. From corporate outings to intimate gatherings, we welcome anglers of all group sizes.
  • Shore Lunch: For corporate groups, we offer the ultimate fishing experience with our Shore Lunch option, catering to groups of any size.
  • TV Featured: Kevan and his team have been featured on top TV shows like Fishing the Midwest, In-Fisherman, Jason Mitchell Outdoors, and Ice Team TV, showcasing their expertise and passion for fishing.
  • In-Store Events: Catch Kevan and his team at various in-store events and sport shows, where they share their knowledge and love for fishing with fellow enthusiasts.

Ready to take your fishing adventure to the next level? Give Kevan a call and experience the thrill of fishing with one of Iowa’s best guides. You won’t be disappointed!

To book, call Kevan at 641-529-2359 or visit Pauls Fishing Guide.

Fishing Locations

Discover prime fishing spots around Clear Lake – no boat required!  The Fishing Jetty at the Ventura Grade and State Dock across from The Harbourage at 2700 N Shore Dr. are popular spots, and don’t miss the convenient  “First Class” cleaning station at McIntosh Woods State Park.

Public Accesses

Enjoy boat ramp access to the lake at numerous public access points, each equipped with docks for easy entry. Popular fishing ramps include McIntosh Woods State Park, Tourist Park (16th Avenue South), Main Avenue boat ramp, and Lynn Lorenzen Park. For a full list of public accesses, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Fishing Clubs

Clear Lake Fishing Club

Join the Clear Lake Fishing Club and become part of a passionate community dedicated to promoting fishing in North Central Iowa. Participate in annual events like the Walleye Classic and Take a Kid Fishing tournament, and contribute to projects enhancing fishing quality in Clear Lake. They also maintain the prize fish program, securing sponsors to award cash prizes for catching their specially tagged fish.

Muskies, Inc. Heartland Chapter 10

Heartland Muskies, Inc. Chapter 10 is committed to promoting fisheries, supporting research, and engaging youth in muskie fishing activities. Through conservation efforts, research funding, and youth programs, we work to preserve muskie populations and inspire the next generation of anglers. Join us in our mission to protect these majestic fish and ensure a sustainable future for muskie fishing in the heartland.


Annual Events

Experience the thrill of fishing competitions like the Frozen Feathers Ice Fishing Tournament, Stan Harrison Memorial Spring Tune-Up Muskie Tournament, Spring & Fall Walleye Classic Tournaments, all featuring exciting prizes and memorable experiences for participants.

Stay Informed

For more information and updates on fishing opportunities in Clear Lake, visit the DNR Fisheries website and keep track of tagged walleye caught in the area. Embark on your fishing adventure and create lasting memories on the serene waters of Clear Lake.

Clear Lake Maps

Public Accesses
There are a number of public accesses (most with docks) to the lake. All docks at public accesses are public docks which are privately maintained and constructed. Please use them as a guest. Street signs appear at the entrance to each access.

  • 16th Avenue South & South Shore Drive
  • Behind 1513 South Shore Drive
  • 15th Avenue South
  • 14th Avenue South
  • 13th Avenue South
  • 8th Avenue South
  • 7th Avenue South
  • 6th Avenue South
  • 5th Avenue South
  • 12 docks are located on North Lakeview Drive (North of Sea Wall)
  • 5th Avenue North
  • Beach Drive
  • Mars Hill Drive
  • North 9th Street
  • State Dock (Highland Drive, across from the Harbourage Condos)
  • 10th Avenue & Lynn Lorenzen Park (Ventura)