Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Mountain-Prairie Region


Whether you fish from a boat or from one of two public fishing piers, Island Lake provides exciting fishing opportunities for all ages. Game fish species here include bluegill, largemouth bass, and yellow perch.

Photo of bass being caught - Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Boat access is available at the lake's southwest entrance, as well as in the northeast corner. Internal combustion motors are prohibited, providing the angler with a quiet, picturesque setting.

Sport fishing is also permitted on Smith and Crane Lakes during certain times of the year (See Public Use Map). Special regulations apply. Please see the Regulations section for this information.


In addition to the regulations, here are some tips that you should keep in mind:

  • Practice safe angling and boating.
  • Be especially cautious during the ice fishing season.
  • Don't release live bait into the lake.
  • Share your fishing knowledge and skills with a child.
  • Respect the outdoor enjoyment of others.
  • Don't pollute -- carry your trash home.
  • Consider “Catch and Release” using barbless hooks.
  • Support the use of non-toxic sinkers -- “Get the lead out!”
  • Possession of minnows is prohibited.
Last updated: March 21, 2011