Twelve Mile Creek Lake

General Information

County: Union
Location: 4 miles east of Creston
Acres: 635.00
Maximum Depth: 42 ft. (2007 - Data collected as part of the statewide lake mapping program.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Green Valley State Park

Amenities

Amenities at Twelve Mile Creek Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Accessible Facilities
  • Restrooms
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Shoreline
Water temperature in most district lakes is in the upper 70's to low 80's. For more information, please call the Mount Ayr Fisheries office at 641-464-3108.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught using finesse plastics fished along cedar tree brushpiles.
Bluegill - Good: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using jigs or nightcrawlers fished in shallow bays.
Walleye - Good: Walleyes up to 25 inches have been caught using minnows or leeches fished in 10-15 feet of water.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught using minnows fished along weedlines.
Water temperature in most Mount Ayr District lakes are in the upper 70's to 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 - Good: Largemouth bass of all sizes have been caught with finesse plastics fished along cedar tree brush piles.
Bluegill - Fair: Catch bluegill up to 8.5 inches with jigs or nightcrawlers fished along the fishing jetties, rock reefs or flooded timber.
Walleye - Fair: Catch walleyes up to 25 inches using using minnows or leeches fished in 10-15 feet of water.
Yellow Perch - Fair: Catch yellow perch up to 12 inches with jigs or nightcrawlers fished along main lake points and roadbed.
Black Crappie - Fair: Catch crappies up to 10 inches using minnows fished in the flooded timber and roadbed.
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  • 4/26/16 - 2,000,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/26/16 - 6,807 Walleye (10.3")
  • 10/20/2015 - 6,358 Walleye (8")
  • 09/17/2015 - 3,201 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 04/22/2015 - 1,905,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • annual 2014 - 6,499 Walleye (8")
  • annual 2014 - 3,700,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/28/2013 - 7,161 Walleye (8.4")
  • 09/26/2013 - 3,200 Channel Catfish (8.4")
  • 06/20/2013 - 1,700,000 Walleye (Fry)
  • 10/12/2012 - 6,351 Walleye (8.0")
  • 10/12/2011 - 4,853 Walleye (8.3")
  • 08/29/2011 - 2,455 Channel Catfish (9.2")
  • 10/17/2010 - 4,597 Walleye (9.7")
  • 10/08/2009 - 3,651 Walleye (9.3")
  • 09/09/2009 - 5,884 Channel Catfish (7.7")
  • 10/10/2008 - 6,499 Walleye (9.4")
  • 07/10/2008 - 10,028 Smallmouth Bass (2.0")
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:
  • 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:
  • Smallmouth Bass
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined black bass, 3 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined black bass, 6 fish
    • Length Limit: 15-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 Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • Yellow Perch
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: 25 fish
    • Possession Limit: 50 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
Good numbers of bluegills and crappies were sampled in 2017. Most of the bluegills sampled were 7-8 inches in length, but some larger bluegill are available to anglers. Most of the crappies sampled were 8-10 inches in length. Decent numbers of yellow perch were sampled and most perch were 8-10 inches in length. Good numbers of largemouth bass were sampled in 2017. Most the largemouth bass sampled were 14-18 inches in length. Walleye of all sizes are available to anglers.(2017)

Contacts

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