Nodaway Lake

General Information

County: Adair
Location: 2 miles southwest of Greenfield
Acres: 25.00
Maximum Depth: 21 ft. (2001)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Nodaway Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
The panfish bite is fair to good on area lakes. Check ice often after rain and warm temperatures. Most angler reports indicate 6 to 10 inches around the district. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587.
Black Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught around underwater trees. Late afternoon bite is best. Fish will average 10 inches.
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills averaging 8 inches can be caught around underwater trees that are in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Fisheries samples in 2016 showed good numbers of crappies ranging in size from 8 to 11 inches. Bluegills will average 8 inches.
The panfish bite is fair to good on area lakes. Check ice often after rain and warm temperatures. Most angler reports indicate 6 to 10 inches around the district. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587.
Black Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught around underwater trees. Late afternoon bite is best. Fish will average 10 inches.
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills averaging 8 inches can be caught around underwater trees that are in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Fisheries samples in 2016 showed good numbers of crappies ranging in size from 8 to 11 inches. Bluegills will average 8 inches.
Download Printable Lake Map

You can zoom in on the map for bathymetric information for some lakes

  • 09/21/2015 - 450 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/10/2013 - 1,050 Largemouth Bass (3.8")
  • 10/03/2013 - 502 Channel Catfish (8.9")
  • 05/22/2013 - 808 Channel Catfish (4.8")
  • 05/28/2009 - 750 Channel Catfish (5.0")
  • 09/19/2007 - 400 Channel Catfish (8.5")
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:
  • 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:
  • 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 fishing at Nodaway Lake is expected to be fair in 2016. The bluegills average 7 to 8-inches in length and the crappies (both black and whites) are 9 to 11-inches. Largemouth bass are moderate in numbers with some quality fish in the population. Good numbers of pan-size (14 to 15-inch) channel catfish are present in Nodaway. Walleyes stocked by the Adair County Conservation Board provide a bonus fish for anglers. The overall fishery in Nodaway Lake is in as good condition. Nodaway Lake is a good destination for spring and fall crappie fishing.(2016)

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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.