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Lake Information for Rathbun Lake


Rathbun Lake is an 11,000 acre reservoir in Appanoose county about 8 miles northwest of Centerville. It is located within Honey Creek State Park.

Rathbun Lake is very popular with sailboaters, power boaters, water skiers and anglers. Crappie, walleye and channel catfish are available to challenge anglers. The park has excellent boat launching ramps and conveniently located fish cleaning facilities.

Fishing Description: 

Major species include channel catfish, crappie, walleye, and white bass.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Rathbun is an outstanding late spring walleye fishery, loaded with 13- to 15-inch fish and a good number of lunkers. Troll crankbaits around humps and points to produce fish all day. Using night crawlers on a Lindy rig is good, too.

While Lake Rathbun does not have huge numbers of crappies, it does have 11- to 14-inch crappies. It is also considered a legendary catfish lake.

Channel Catfish
White Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    Ahquabi Boat Rental & Bait
  • 16510 118th Ave - Indianola, IA
  • (515) 962-0013
    North Shore Boats
  • 1920 Hempstead Dr - Pella, IA
  • (641) 628-4786

Vacation Rental

    Dogg's Rv Park
  • 16999 Highway J18 - Moravia, IA
  • (641) 724-3762
    Honey Creek State Park
  • 12194 Honey Creek Pl - Moravia, IA
  • (641) 724-3739

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