1 mi E of Tripoli
No Size Limit at No Wake
Amenities at Martens Lake include:
- Boat Access
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|Ice fishing remains slow across the district, not many anglers reported fishing. Be sure to check other reports around the state for potential "hot spots". The best success has been on Plainfield Lake and Marten's Lake in Bremer County. Trout streams in N.E. Ia. should remain in good conditions as long as evening temperatures drop below freezing. For further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276.|
|Bluegill - Good: Jig tipped with a waxworm has been most productive for bluegill.|
|Crappie - Fair: jig tipped with a waxworm or minnow is good for crappie.|
|Angling pressure has been consistant on Martens Lake. Bluegill have been the most productive with fish running average in size. Concentrate efforts on the northwest portion of the lake and to the south as the season prolongs. |
Martens Lake is a 255 acre marsh primarily managed for waterfowl but also provides fish angling opportunities as well. The lake contains largemouth bass, bluegill, crappies, northern pike and bullheads. During the summer of 1997 Eurasian Watermillfoil (EWM), and Brittle Naiad years later, were discovered throughout most of the Sweet Marsh complex. Extensive efforts have been taken over many years to control the spread of these aquatic invasive species but control has been difficult. During the summer of 2011 and 2012 fisheries, wildlife and aquatic invasive species (AIS) staff implemented drawdowns in Martens Lake. These invasive plants remain within the system but are supressed due to water level manipulations versus high cost of chemical treatment applications.(2013)
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