Meadow Lake

General Information

County: Adair
Location: 6 miles northeast of Greenfield
Acres: 34.00
Maximum Depth: 19.7 ft. (2006 - 2006 lake mapping.)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Meadow Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Trails
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
There has been no angling activity this week. The extended weather forecast looks like ice will begin to form beginning next week. Many of the small impoundments in the Cold Springs District have good crappie and bluegill populations that offer good ice fishing. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587.
Meadow lake bluegill have gained size and body condition after the mid-summer drawdown in 2016. There is a year class of 10 to 12 inch black crappie in the lake at this time. Meadow will be a good ice fishing destination.
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  • 09/08/2015 - 609 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/10/2013 - 1,180 Largemouth Bass (3.8")
  • 09/18/2013 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/07/2011 - 725 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 06/21/2011 - 1,200 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 05/26/2011 - 1,500 Channel Catfish (2.0")
  • 10/19/2010 - 11,000 Bluegill (1.0")
  • 05/28/2009 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (5.0")
  • 05/29/2007 - 1,100 Channel Catfish (4.9")
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:
  • 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
The fishery at Meadow Lake will again provide good fishing in 2017. Largemouth bass in the 16 to 17-inch range were collected in last years electrofishing sample. A large year class of 12-inch bass will provide a lot of catch and release fishing. Panfish anglers will find bluegills in the 7 to 8-inch range and 8 to 12-inch white crappie in the lake. In 2016 good numbers of 8 to 10 inch black crappie showed up in fishery surveys which will contribute to the fishery in 2017. Look for spawning crappies and bluegills in May and June on top of the 2 rock reefs added to the lake in 2009. The channel catfish population is also made up of both larger trophy size fish and good number of 15-inch fish.(2017)

Contacts

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.