Nodaway County Lake


Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass are proven stocking combination that provides both food and sport-fishing. When stocked in this order and properly managed, these species provide great fishing and good eating.

Area Information

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

This 73-acre lake in Nodaway County is located just a few miles north of Maryville, and should provide some decent largemouth bass fishing in 2024.  Electrofishing surveys during 2023 on Nodaway County Lake showed that the future bass population is improving with a very large number of young of the year largemouth bass.   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 hybrid striped bass population is doing quite well since first being stocked in 2013, and has become very popular.  Several year classes are moving through the system providing anglers opportunities for Hybrid striped bass over 24 inches.  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. 

Driving Directions

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

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Nodaway County Lake in northwest Missouri