Dean's Lake Blog
July 31st, 2012
Early summer 2012. Water starting to return. 150,000 fingerling perch stocked.
By late summer, early fall the lake was completely dry.
August 15, 2011
July 2nd, 2011
7/02/2011 Water almost gone.
June 29th, 2011
New outlet has been opened up and the lake has been draining for over one month now.
5/22/2011 water flowing out of lake.
6/17/2011 west side of lake.
6/17/2011 southeast side of lake looking north.
May 20th, 2011
New control structure being built at the outlet.
January 19th, 2011
Cold and cloudy. A couple of ice fishermen out on the lake.
Ice Fishing Secrets
November 1st, 2010
Getting colder now. Winter is on its way. Lot's of ducks on the lake. An immature Bald eagle flew over us while we were sitting at the campfire.
October 6th, 2010
Beautiful fall weekend at the lake. A few hunters on the lake shooting geese. We found a Franklin's gull that had been shot and injured. Had a broken wing. We couldn't do anything to save it. It later died. We saw lots of migrating ducks, geese, gulls, woodpeckers and black birds. Mosquitos are still out, but the cool evenings kind of slowed them down.
September 10th, 2010
Nice Labor Day weekend at Lizard Lake. Lots of migrating Monarch butterflies in the trees along the lake. A few ducks and geese also starting their migration. Also, heard a Common Loon out on the lake one evening. Beautiful sound.
August 11th, 2010
It's really been a wet summer here in northwest Iowa. Lots of rain. Our family has been out on the lake quite a bit. We love to kayak. Went to another lake meeting with the DNR on Aug.5th. They still plan on draining the lake this Fall and keeping it dry into 2012. The old dam will be removed and a pipe installed on the bottom of the lake out to the deepest point. A new control structure will then be built to keep the water about 9 inches lower . Fish barriers will also be installed at that time. The DNR plans to duplicate the Diamond Lake project in Dickinson County, Iowa.
July 7th, 2010
Spent the last ten days camping at the lake. A couple of storms came through the first couple days and dropped about 3 1/2 inches of rain. The lake was full. Lots of people boating and fishing on the lake. The bullheads and perch were really biting. The kids were catching them faster than we could take them off the hook.
She caught her first fish at Lizard Lake!
June 2nd, 2010
Had fun Memorial Day weekend on the lake. A lot of people camping at the park on the east side. Lots of friends and family enjoyed fishing, kayaking, paddle boats and watching wildlife at our campground on the west side. Monday morning a couple of Trumpeter Swans flew in and landed in front of our camp. They stayed all day on the lake feeding and then flew off toward evening. Both birds were banded around their necks. I sent a photo and the banding info to the DNR Swan restoration people. I hope the swans come back to visit again. Beautiful birds.
May 17th, 2010
Nice weekend at the lake again. Fish are still biting. The water in the lake was very clear. Still a few ducks and geese around. The ticks are really bad this year. Tried to stay out of the tall grass and brush but we still ended up finding a few on us. Hate those things. Lots of song birds starting to come back north for the summer. Spotted a few orioles and yellow warblers.
May 4th, 2010
Beautiful weekend at the lake. Looks like the bullheads survived the winterkill and a few perch also. Lots of Canada geese on the lake tending to nests and babies. Saw one mature Bald eagle flying low over the lake looking for an easy goose dinner. Also lots of ducks on the lake and Wood ducks in the trees.
April 10th, 2010
Hundreds of ducks, pelicans, mergansers on the lake. A loon out on the lake also. Very nice weather.
April 4th, 2010
We returned to the lake after a long snowy winter. Lots of ducks, geese and seagulls on the lake. Because of the shallow conditions at the lake, many of the fish could not survive the harsh winter. The pictures below show the result.
This indicates to me that the lake is too shallow and needs to be dredged. There is no way that fish can survive if the lake is made any shallower as they are proposing to do with their "shallow lakes management" plan.
November 16th, 2009
A little bit chilly at the lake this weekend. Perch and bullheads are still biting though. Saw only one duck hunter on the lake. A lot of pheasant hunters in the area chasing birds.
Another beautiful sunrise on the lake.
October 5th, 2009
Cold and cloudy at the lake this weekend. The perch were biting though. My son caught a really nice one on Saturday using worms. Also caught a few bullhead using nightcrawlers and bait shrimp. Lot's of ducks and geese at the lake. A few hunters on the lake as well.
Catching perch at Lizard Lake, Oct. 2009.
September 14th, 2009
I took another trip up to Diamond Lake in Dickinson County, Iowa to see how tall the cattails have gotten since my last visit in July. See photos below.
Cattail growth is much taller and water level the same.
September 8th, 2009
Labor Day weekend at the lake, was beautiful. The weather was sunny and cool. Took some nice photos of the sunrise over the lake. The water in the lake was fairly clear. Much better than a lot of lakes I've been to in Iowa this summer. I saw close to one hundred leopard frogs on the west side of the lake. Aren't leopard frogs a sign of a healthy ecosystem? The DNR says Lizard Lake is a sick lake. I guess nobody told the frogs that they weren't supposed to be there. Huh?.......... I removed a couple of carp from the lake also. Catfish were still biting too.
September 4th, 2009
Going back up to the lake this weekend. I caught 4 dozen nightcrawlers in my front yard last night, so I'm ready for action. Caught some nice channel catfish two weeks ago at the lake. Hopefully they are still biting. I seem to have better luck using live worms than if I use catfish bait.
Again, on the political front, there was a meeting Aug. 25th in Pocahontas about the future of Lizard Lake. The Iowa DNR was there in full force trying to sell their "shallow lake management" plan to the public. There were a lot of duck hunters there who applauded the DNR and their plan for Lizard Lake. "No Surprises there! " Many of us in the crowd voiced our opposition to the plan, but to no avail. The DNR decided to go ahead with there "Duck Pond Plan" anyway. Sounds like they will start draining the lake by next Fall..
August 4th, 2009
Hello everyone! Thanks for coming to the website. Everyone else on the internet seems to be starting there own blogs, AKA "Web Logs". Web diaries about themselves or their interests. So, I decided to start a blog about the lake.
Lizard Lake has been really beautiful this year. The weather at the lake this summer has been downright cool. Even a bit cold some days. I love it when its like that though. Sitting on the dock in the morning watching the sunrise while drinking a cup of hot coffee.
There has been a lot of wildlife on the lake this summer. Bald Eagles, Pelicans, Canada Geese, Wood ducks, Seagulls, Terns, Great blue herons, Green herons and even a couple of Great Horned Owls.
My kids have been out in the kayak and canoe quite a bit this year. They love going to the lake.
Fishing was really good back in June. Caught quite a few perch and bullheads. July fishing however, was kind of slow. Not much luck. Must be the cool weather confusing the fish. Still waiting to catch a catfish this year. Caught a couple of nice ones last year and cooked them for supper.
On the political front, it sounds like the DNR is still set on draining the lake and turning it into a wetland. I really hope that doesn't happen. I went up to Diamond Lake in Dickinson County, Iowa recently to see what they did to that lake. Sad, very sad. We couldn't even get to the water, too many cattails and weeds. It made me sick to my stomach to think that they plan on doing the same thing to Lizard Lake.
Diamond Lake, Iowa 2009