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Lake of Three Fires

General Information

County: Taylor
Location: 3 miles northeast of Bedford
Acres: 72.00
Maximum Depth: 27.8 ft. (2006 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at 5 mph speed


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

Fishing Report

Water temperature in most Mount Ayr District lakes are in the mid-80's. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke and Madison counties. For more information, call 641-464-3108.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass up to 18 inches have been caught with crankbaits and jigs fished along the dam and near cedar tree piles in the mornings.

Fishing Forecast

Largemouth bass were sampled in high abundance with some exceeding 20 inches. Bluegills and crappies were sampled in moderate abundance. Bluegills were of all sizes up to 8 inches, and good number of crappies were sampled between 9 to 12 inches.(2014)

Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/16/2013 - 480 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 09/07/2011 - 732 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/15/2009 - 1,616 Channel Catfish (7.8")
  • 09/12/2007 - 1,710 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 09/20/2006 - 1,500 Channel Catfish (6.8")
  • 06/27/2006 - 2,500 Largemouth Bass (1.5")
  • 07/18/2005 - 3,500 Channel Catfish (4")
  • 06/29/2005 - 5,750 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 04/21/2005 - 41,468 Bluegill (2")
  • 04/20/2005 - 215 Channel Catfish (9.5")
  • 04/20/2005 - 750 Largemouth Bass (3")


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

  • Black Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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:

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.

Lake Mini-report

Lake Reports Summary report information about selected (~130) lakes regarding water quality, upstream land use, usage, economic value and more. Reports are customizable by the user to include only that information which the user desires to include.

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.