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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish and hybrid striped bass at Long Branch Lake in Missouri.

Long Branch Lake, MO

The great outdoors, water sports, boating and fishing make Long Branch Lake an ideal destination for a fishing trip, weekend getaway or an extended vacation. This 2,400-acre lake is located in northeast Missouri, at Macon. The lake has over two dozen miles of shoreline, and dozens of places accessible for fishing from the bank.

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Long Branch Lake is situated in northern Missouri and is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. The lake provides excellent fishing opportunities and is home to a variety of fish species.

Largemouth bass is one of the prized catches at Long Branch Lake. Anglers can target these bass using various techniques such as casting with topwater lures, working plastic worms or jigs, or using spinnerbaits. The lake's structure, including submerged brush piles, fallen trees, and rocky areas, offers ideal habitat for largemouth bass. Anglers can experience the thrill of landing a trophy-sized bass while enjoying the scenic beauty of Long Branch Lake.

Long Branch Lake is also known for its catfish population, including channel, blue, and flathead catfish. Anglers can employ different techniques such as bottom fishing with cut bait or live bait, using stink baits, or drifting with prepared baits to target these catfish. Fishing near the lake's deeper channels, drop-offs, or along the shoreline can increase the chances of hooking into a catfish. These fish provide a thrilling fight and make for a rewarding angling experience.

Bluegill, black and white crappie, and sunfish are other popular fish species found in Long Branch Lake. Anglers can target these panfish using techniques such as bobber fishing with live bait, casting small jigs or spinners, or using fly fishing techniques. The lake's coves, weed beds, and submerged structures serve as excellent habitats for these fish. Anglers can enjoy catching these panfish while enjoying the tranquility of Long Branch Lake.

Hybrid stripers are also present in Long Branch Lake and offer an exciting fishing opportunity. These hybrid fish provide an excellent fight and can be targeted using techniques such as trolling with crankbaits or casting with swimbaits or spoons. Anglers can experience the thrill of hooking into a strong and energetic hybrid striper while fishing at Long Branch Lake.

Long Branch Lake in Missouri is a fantastic destination for anglers seeking largemouth bass, channel and blue catfish, bluegill, crappie, hybrid stripers, sunfish, and other fish species. With its diverse fishery, picturesque surroundings, and recreational amenities, Long Branch Lake offers an enjoyable fishing experience for anglers of all skill levels.

Bass are the big draw here, but catfish, hybrid striped bass, sunfish and crappie also call this home. Visitors will be happy to know there are three boat launch ramps, a marina, a campground and lodging available.

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Primary fish species residing in Long Branch Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White Crappie Bluegill Green Sunfish Hybrid Stripers

Long Branch Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES, 3
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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In addition to fishing, Long Branch Lake provides opportunities for boating and camping. Anglers can explore the lake's waters by motorized boats, kayaks, or canoes, allowing them to access different fishing spots and cover more water.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Highway 630 Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, at the east end of the Highway 630 Bridge, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Long Branch Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Visitor Center Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.


Long Branch Marina Store
29154 Marina Rd
Macon, MO 63552
660 773-5132

Click here for a Missouri Fishing License.

Camping near the lake offer a chance to extend the fishing trip and enjoy the scenic beauty and peacefulness of Long Branch Lake.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Long Branch State Park Campground - 660 773-5229

Shoemaker's RV Park - 660 773-5313

Long Branch Lake MO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Long Branch Lake
Long Branch State Park
28615 Visitor Center Rd
Macon, MO 63552
660 773-5229


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