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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 at Orient Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Camping
  • Good/Excellent Shorefishing
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

The fishery in Orient Lake would be considered fair. The largemouth bass population in 2013 was low in numbers with fish ranging in size from 10 to 15-inches. A 15 inch minimum length limit applies to Orient Lake. There is an 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 are 7 inches that should provide good fishing in 2014. Orient Lake also has 11 inch black bullheads. 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).(2013)

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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.