1 mi E of Tripoli
No Size Limit at No Wake
Amenities at Martens Lake include:
- Boat Access
- Hard Surface Boat Ramp
|Interior river fishing for walleye had been good all fall, take the opportunity when possible for open river walleye fishing. The next ten day extended forecast looks excellent for improved ice conditions over N.E. Ia. lakes. Utilize all precautions when entering onto ice this early in the season. Trout streams in N.E. Ia. are in excellent shape. For further information call the N.E. District Office @ 563-927-3276.|
|Anglers had been on the ice last week but conditions have deteriorated. Beginning today and over the next ten days ice conditions should vastly improve. Anglers were catching primarily bluegill with a few crappie being taken also. Concentrate efforts in the northwest corner of the lake for best success.|
|Bluegill - Fair: Try ice fishing jigs tipped with a waxworm for best success. Sight fishing out of a shack is a great opportunity on this lake.|
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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