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Orient Lake

General Information

County: Adair
Location: 1 mile southwest of Orient
Acres: 16.00
Maximum Depth: 12 ft. (2000)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Amenities

Amenities at Orient Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

Water temperatures remain around 80 degrees in the southwest district. Bluegills and crappie can be caught drifting open water. For more information call the Cold Springs District Office at (712) 769-2587
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are having success using shrimp or crawdads. Average size catfish will be 18 to 20 inches.
Catfishing is good at Orient.

Fishing Forecast

The fishery in Orient Lake would be considered fair. The largemouth bass population last sampled in 2013 was low in numbers with fish ranging in size from 10 to 15-inches. There is an over abundance of pan-sized (16 inch) channel catfish in the lake for the taking. The bluegill is fair with fish in the 7 to 8-inch range. There are good numbers of black crappie in Orient that should provide good fishing in 2015. The Adair County Conservation Board stocks walleyes into Orient to provide diversity in the fishery. At times the fishing can be surprisingly good at Orient. Better and more consistant fishing would come with better water quality (see status of the lake).(2015)


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Popular Fish Species at this Lake

Fish Stocking

  • 05/22/2013 - 467 Channel Catfish (4.8")
  • 05/28/2009 - 400 Channel Catfish (5.0")
  • 05/29/2007 - 400 Channel Catfish (4.9")
  • 07/07/2005 - 400 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 Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:
  • 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:
  • Yellow Bullhead
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: unlimited
    • Possession Limit: unlimited
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:

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

Lake Reports Summary report information about selected (~130) lakes regarding water quality, upstream land use, usage, economic value and more. Reports are customizable by the user to include only that information which the user desires to include.

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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