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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

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

Fishing Report

Bluegills and crappie can be caught drifting open water. Channel catfish are close to shore on many lakes. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587
Anglers can expect to catch 8 inch bluegills and 9 inch crappie at Nodaway. Catfish are close to shore.
Crappie - Fair: Drift with white twister tails and cast to sunken trees to catch crappie up to 12 inches.
Bluegill - Slow: A few bluegills are being caught around structure with bobber and worm. Fish are 6 feet deep.
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are being caught with cutbait on the north end of the dam and in the upper end of the lake. Fish will average 18 to 20 inches.

Fishing Forecast

The fishing at Nodaway Lake is expected to be fair in 2015. 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.(2015)


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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 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")
  • 07/07/2005 - 500 Channel Catfish (Cage)

Regulations

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

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.

Lake Mini-report

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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.

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