Nodaway Lake

General Information

County: Adair
Location: 2 miles southwest of Greenfield
Acres: 25.00
Maximum Depth: 22.9 ft. (2012)
Motoring Restrictions: Electric Motors Only

Nearby Parks

Amenities

Amenities at Nodaway Lake include:
  • Boat Access
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Camping
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
For information on lakes in the Southwest District call the Cold Springs office at (712) 769-2587.
Black Crappie - Fair: Crappies are spawning along the dam at Nodaway.
Bluegill - Good: Anglers need to cast the shoreline moving often to find spawning bluegill.
Water clarity is 25 inches at Nodaway.
Channel Catfish - No Report: The lake has good numbers of 22 inch channel catfish.
Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers report very good bass fishing at Nodaway this week.
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  • 09/16/2021 - 451 Channel Catfish (8.8)
  • fall 2019 - 700 Walleye (6)
  • 09/30/2019 - 450 Channel Catfish (9.6)
  • fall 2017 - 600 Walleye (6)
  • 9/19/2017 - 360 Channel Catfish (8.2")
  • fall 2016 - 600 Walleye (6)
  • fall 2015 - 600 Walleye (6)
  • 09/21/2015 - 450 Channel Catfish (8")
  • fall 2014 - 600 Walleye (6.9)
  • fall 2013 - 600 Walleye (6)
  • 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")
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:
  • Walleye
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 5 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined walleye, sauger and saugeye; 10 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • 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 fishing at Nodaway Lake is expected to be good in 2019. Bluegills average 7- to 8-inches long and black crappies are 10- to 12-inches. Largemouth bass are moderate in numbers with some quality fish in the population. Fair numbers of 17- to 22-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 good condition. Nodaway Lake is a good destination for spring and fall crappie fishing.(2019)
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Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

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