Three Mile Lake

General Information

County: Union
Location: 3 miles northwest of Afton
Acres: 880.00
Maximum Depth: 56.3 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: Inboards & personal watercrafts are prohibited

Nearby Parks

Green Valley State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Three Mile Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Pier
  • Picnic Area
  • Beach
  • Trails
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Fish Cleaning Station
Water temperature in most Mount Ayr district lakes is in the low to mid 70's. For more information, please call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Catch Largemouth Bass of all sizes using finesse plastics fished along cedar tree brushpiles.
Walleye - Fair: Catch Walleye up to 22 inches using jigs tipped with a leech or minnow fished near mainlake points, fish mounds, or the roadbed.
Bluegill - Fair: Catch Bluegill up to 8 inches using nightcrawlers under a bobber fished along shallow cedar tree brushpiles and the fishing jetties.
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  • 10/31/2018 - 7,608 Blue Catfish (8.3)
  • 10/29/2018 - 339 Walleye (8.5)
  • 10/29/2018 - 3,742 Walleye (9.2)
  • 07/03/2018 - 9,314 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.81)
  • 05/07/2018 - 100,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 7/14/2017 - 35,390 Blue Catfish (3.3")
  • 4/24/2017 - 2,640,000 Walleye (fry)
  • fall 2016 - 8,393 Walleye (9.8")
  • 10/14/16 - 15,913 Blue Catfish (6.8")
  • 10/12/16 - 89,959 Bluegill (1.9")
  • 10/25/2012 - 7,508 Walleye (8.2")
  • 06/20/2012 - 8,039 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.0")
  • 05/01/2012 - 880 Muskellunge (12.6")
  • 10/13/2011 - 6,802 Walleye (8.3")
  • 08/29/2011 - 8,800 Channel Catfish (8.7")
  • 06/22/2011 - 8,786 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (1.8")
  • 10/25/2010 - 5,303 Walleye (10.0")
  • 06/23/2010 - 8,000 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (3")
  • 05/11/2010 - 972 Muskellunge (12.7")
  • 10/15/2009 - 3,948 Walleye (9.3")
  • 09/16/2009 - 6,167 Channel Catfish (7.8")
  • 06/19/2009 - 4,500 Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) (2.5")
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:
  • Common Carp
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other: May be taken by hand fishing, by snagging, by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
  • Flathead 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:
  • Green Sunfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • 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:
  • Muskellunge
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: muskellunge and tiger muskellunge, 1 fish
    • Length Limit: 40-inch minimum
    • Other:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • White 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
  • Yellow Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: none
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Spring electrofishing showed a moderate abundance of largemouth bass up to 16 inches. Moderate numbers of bluegill and crappie were also sampled in 2018. Most bluegill were 6- to 8-inches and crappies were mostly less than 9 inches long. Good numbers of walleyes were sampled up to 20 inches long. (2018)

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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.