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West Nodaway River (above Villisca)

General Information

County: Montgomery
Acres: 52.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:


Amenities at West Nodaway River (above Villisca) include:
  • Carry Down Boat Launch

Fishing Report

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Fishing Forecast

The fishery in the West Nodaway suffers due to lack of connectivity with the Missouri River and habitat degredation from past channelization. The lowhead dam at Clarinda blocks the movement of fish including channel and flathead catfish up the West Nodaway. The fishery would improve significantly if fish passage around this dam was developed.(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.