Moody Lake is a deep lake, 45 acres in size. Two main tributaries enter the lake from the north including the outlet from Lendt Lake. Its 2,315 acre watershed is mostly rural and agricultural in nature. There is no public boat access and it is used for watering livestock and some passive recreation (non-motorized boating, fishing, wildlife viewing). Moody Lake has poor water quality with a lake grade of D. It is included on the State's Impaired Waters List for high nutrients although total phosphorus levels appear to be improving. The water quality of Moody Lake has been identified as a key factor affecting the quality of Bone Lake (CLFLWD, 2001). Fish surveys of Moody Lake have identified high population of black bullheads and a panfish population declining between 1989 and 1998 (CLFLWD, 2007a). A 2010 rough fish harvest removed over 2,000 pounds of bullheads from the lake. The lake's plant diversity is low, with few desirable species present and an abundance of curly leaf pondweed (CLFLWD, 2007a).
Public Notice: The CLFWLD is running an aeration system on Moody Lake and Shields Lake beginning on or after January 1, 2021. This will result in thin ice and/or open water on the west side of Moody Lake and wast of the public fishing pier on Shields Lake. The aerators will remain on until ice-out in spring 2021. Please execise EXTREME CAUTION on Moody and Shields Lakes until ice-out. Read the full notice here.