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Three Mile Lake

General Information

County: Union
Location: 3 miles northwest of Afton
Acres: 880.00
Maximum Depth: 56.3 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: none

Amenities

Amenities at Three Mile Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

Musky catches were the low again this year at Three Mile. Largemouth bass were sampled in low abundance with bass of all sizes up to 21 inches. Wiper catches were moderate with most 18 to 26 inches in length. Walleye were sampled in low abundance and most were 12 to 14 inches. Bluegill were sampled in moderate abundance and none exceeded 8 inches. Crappie were also in moderate abundance with most sampled 7 to 9.5 inches in length. Yellow bass were sampled in high abundance with most below 8 inches in length.(2014)


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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 10/25/2012 - 7,508 Walleye (8.2")
  • 06/20/2012 - 8,039 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 05/01/2012 - 880 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 10/13/2011 - 6,802 Walleye (8.3")
  • 08/29/2011 - 8,800 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 06/22/2011 - 8,786 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.8")
  • 10/25/2010 - 5,303 Walleye (10.0")
  • 06/23/2010 - 8,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (3")
  • 05/11/2010 - 972 Muskellunge (12.7")
  • 10/15/2009 - 3,948 Walleye (9.3")
  • 09/16/2009 - 6,167 Channel Catfish (7.8")
  • 06/19/2009 - 4,500 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.5")
  • 10/09/2008 - 8,360 Walleye (9.2")
  • 06/18/2008 - 5,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.8")
  • 05/20/2008 - 1,346 Muskellunge (13.5")
  • 10/24/2007 - 7,911 Walleye (9.8")
  • 09/13/2007 - 5,128 Channel Catfish (7.5")
  • 06/18/2007 - 3,832 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2"-3")
  • 06/13/2007 - 32,000 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 06/12/2007 - 6,229 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • July 2006 - 1,560 Walleye (3.8")
  • 10/24/2006 - 9,057 Walleye (9.3")
  • 09/15/2006 - 6,483 Channel Catfish (10.7")
  • 08/20/2006 - 4,400 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 06/28/2006 - 12,500 Smallmouth Bass (1.6")
  • 05/08/2006 - 900 Muskellunge (14.0")
  • 10/14/2005 - 6,105 Walleye (8.9")
  • 10/04/2005 - 5,361 Channel Catfish (7")
  • 06/23/2005 - 4,788 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")
  • 10/20/2004 - 6,503 Walleye (8")
  • 06/29/2004 - 4,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2")

Regulations

The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Black Crappie
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black and white crappie, 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Bluegill
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: No daily limit on private waters
  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 8 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Largemouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:

Fish Surveys

Lake Fish Survey Data Data from the most recent fisheries survey of this lake is provided on this external web site. This data may include information from various netting surveys and/or electroshocking surveys. Data includes numbers of fish sampled, and fish size ranges. Not all lakes are sampled every year.

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Water Quality

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.

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