Nodaway County Lake


Driving directions: Travel 5.5 miles north of Maryville on Highway 148, the area is on the west side of the highway. 

Annual Prospects Report

Driving Directions:

From Maryville, take Highway 148 north 5.50 miles to the area.

Electrofishing surveys during 2019 on Nodaway County Lake showed that the future bass population is improving with a very large number of young of the year largemouth bass, and 22 percent of the bass population measuring over 15 inches.  This 73-acre lake in Nodaway County is located just a few miles north of Maryville, and should provide decent largemouth bass fishing in 2020 near shoreline laydowns, brush piles, and weedlines. Spinnerbaits, topwater baits, shad-imitating crankbaits, and crawfish plastics all work well.  Bluegill and crappie size structure is greatly improving.  Anglers will find bluegill up to 8 inches near the fishing jetty or on brush piles.  Fishing with small plastics and jig and minnow combinations over brush piles, or off the fishing jetty, will produce plenty of black crappie and white crappie, with some fish up to 15 inches available.  Channel catfish are plentiful in Nodaway County Lake, and some very nice fish in the 6 to 8-pound range are present.  The presence of a low-density flathead catfish population that likely came from illegal introductions is present and flatheads to 40 pounds have been caught.  The hybrid striped bass population is doing quite well since first being stocked in 2013, and has become quite popular.  Some Hybrid striped bass over 20 inches are present.  Troll the open water in front of the dam with lipless crankbaits, spinners, or shad swim baits when targeting these hard fighting fish.  The length limit on hybrid striped bass is 20 inches, with a limit of 4 fish. 

Nodaway County Lake