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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
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Most water temperatures in the Mount Ayr District lakes are below 80 degrees. River flows have increased and are variable with recent rains. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke, and Madison counties. For more information call: 641-464-3108.
Walnut Creek Marsh has had fish summer kill do to low dissolved oxygen levels from decaying vegetation. Currently the lake is being drawn down to allow and evaluation of possible lake improvements.

Fishing Forecast

Largemouth bass were sampled in low abundance. Both crappies and bluegills were sampled in low abundance with both containing quality sized fish in the sample.(2012)

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Popular Fish Species at this Lake


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.