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Ice Fishing at Big Lake
    Big Lake - 2600 N 8th Street
    Lake Manawa - 110 S Shore Drive
      All state fishing license requirements apply (click on the link below)
      Lakes are stocked periodically through the year with Rainbow Trout

      Iowa Department of Natural Resources, in conjunction with the Council Bluffs Parks, Recreation and Public Property Department, stock Big Lake annually with rainbow trout. They usually stock it in late fall and then again in February.  Trout fees required and fishing licenses required for ages 16 and older. Children under 16 accompanied by a properly licensed adult (trout fee included) do not need to pay the trout fee, but the combined limit is 5 per day. Big Lake was restored in 2009 and stocked with warm water fish the Spring of 2010 and 2011.

      Iowa DNR "Places to Fish"

      It’s that time of year again. Water temperatures have cooled off and rainbow trout are making their way back to Council Bluffs! The Iowa Department of Natural Resources in conjunction with Council Bluffs City Parks and Rec. plans to stock 1,000 trout in the afternoon of January 22, 2016. On Saturday, January 23rd from 9am-noon, the DNR & Parks & Rec Dept will host a trout stocking ice fishing event.  You can register to win great prizes from Woods Sporting Goods, Wal-Mart, and Bass Pro Shop. 

      Trout Stocking Event Flyer

    Contact Us

    Parks, Recreation, and Public Properties 
    209 Pearl St. Suite 103
    Council Bluffs, IA 51503
    Ph: (712) 328-4650

    Larry Foster

    Geoff Hubbard
    Recreation Superintendent

    Troy Pedersen
    Parks Superintendent

    Pat Cohrs
    Park Supervisor

    Heather Tomasek
    Park Planning and Design Coordinator

    Terry Hoffman
    Resource and Project Coordinator

    Sarah Allen
    Administrative Assistant