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Walnut Creek Marsh

General Information

County: Ringgold
Location: 5 miles southwest of Mt. Ayr
Acres: 60.00
Maximum Depth: 11 ft. ( - No year listed)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake


Amenities at Walnut Creek Marsh include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • 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.
Walnut Creek Marsh has been drained for in-lake improvements.

Fishing Forecast

Walnut Creek Marsh had extremely low oxygen levels in the summer of 2014 and experienced a substantial summer kill. Efforts are in place to drain the marsh and to excavate the area along the dike to increase the water depth of the marsh. (2014)

Lake Maps

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 09/19/2013 - 120 Channel Catfish (8.5")
  • 09/07/2011 - 460 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 09/09/2009 - 510 Channel Catfish (7.3")
  • 09/05/2007 - 1,080 Channel Catfish (8.0")
  • 09/26/2006 - 250 Channel Catfish (6.2")
  • 10/04/2005 - 200 Channel Catfish (7.2")


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:

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

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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.