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Water BodyIrons Fork
LocationNorthern Polk County, north of Mena
Size306 acres
OwnershipThe City of Mena
Area Specific RegulationsUse of common carp as bait is prohibited.
Major SportfishBlack crappie, bluegill, longear sunfish, channel catfish, spotted bass and largemouth bass
Other FishChain pickerel, brook silversides, darters, grass carp, green sunfish, logperch, spotted suckers, warmouth and yellow bullhead
Fish ForageShad, minnows and sunfish
Visible CoverSome standing timber and blown down trees
DepthEstimated maximum depth of 60 feet
Bottom FeaturesScattered brush piles and stumps
Aquatic VegetationWater willow surrounds most of the lake's shoreline
FacilitiesOne concrete ramp is the only access to the lake. No swimming or recreational sports are allowed on Irons Fork Lake.
AccessThe lake is accessible from Arkansas Highway 71, about 10 miles from Mena.
DescriptionIrons Fork Lake was built by the Soil Conservation Service for flood control and is a water supply lake for the city of Mena. The AGFC assumed fisheries management responsibility for the lake in 1979.

Irons Fork was accidentally drained in 1988 and later restocked by the AGFC with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish and crappie. The misfourtune turned out to be a large benefit for the sport fish population and anglers, because the low water also enabled the AGFC to place large tree shelters and fish attractors on the lakebed before it was refilled.