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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


Amenities at Nodaway Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Anglers are drift fishing open water areas to catch bluegills and crappies. Channel catfish has picked up in the interior rivers as they are returning to base flow. For more information call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587
Catfish can be caught on the south shore and along the dam. A few crappies are being picked up around tree piles.
Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills can be caught drifting. Fish average 7.5 inches.
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught with shrimp. Fish are close to shore. Most fish caught are 18 to 20 inches.
Crappie - Fair: Cast small jigs around tree piles or minnows under a bobber to catch 8 to 10 inch crappies.

Fishing Forecast

The fishing at Nodaway Lake is expected to be good in 2014. Anglers who ventured out on the ice last winter reported good catches of quality sized bluegills. 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 (13 to 14-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 a shape today as we have seen it for a number of years.(2014)

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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.