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Meadow Lake

General Information

County: Adair
Location: 6 miles northeast of Greenfield
Acres: 34.00
Maximum Depth: 17.8 ft. (2015)
Motoring Restrictions: No Size Limit at No Wake

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Meadow Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Fishing Jetty
  • Trails
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
There were very few fishing reports this week because of weather. The forecast looks good for next week. For more information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Black Crappie - Good: Fish jigs over the newer tree piles in the lake for crappies averaging 9 inches.
Bluegill - Fair: Anglers report catching bluegills in deep water around cedar tree piles. Fish average 8 inches.
Water clarity is much better at Meadow.
Largemouth Bass - No Report: There is a good population of largemouth bass up to 18 inches in the lake.
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  • 09/30/2019 - 601 Channel Catfish (9.6)
  • 9/11/2017 - 613 Channel Catfish (7.7")
  • 09/08/2015 - 609 Channel Catfish (8")
  • 10/10/2013 - 1,180 Largemouth Bass (3.8")
  • 09/18/2013 - 1,000 Channel Catfish (8.6")
  • 09/07/2011 - 725 Channel Catfish (8.3")
  • 06/21/2011 - 1,200 Largemouth Bass (1.3")
  • 05/26/2011 - 1,500 Channel Catfish (2.0")
  • 10/19/2010 - 11,000 Bluegill (1.0")
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:
  • 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
The fishery at Meadow Lake will provide good fishing in 2019. Largemouth bass from 12- to 17-inches were collected in a 2017 electrofishing sample. Panfish anglers will find a few 8-inch bluegills. In 2018 large (11 to 13 inch) black crappie showed up in fishery surveys which will contribute to the fishery in 2019. Look for spawning crappies and bluegills in May and June on top of the two rock reefs added to the lake in 2009. The channel catfish population is made up of both larger trophy size fish and good numbers of 15-inch fish.(2019)

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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.