Lawson City 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.

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Popular fish species in this 25-acre lake include largemouth bass, channel catfish, white crappie, and bluegill.  Electrofishing surveys in 2022 showed good numbers of largemouth bass with most fish 8 -15 inches long.  Bluegill sizes were good with 70 percent from 7-8 inches long. The crappie population continues to offer fast fishing during the spring spawn with a nice variety of black and white crappie in the 9-10" range.  There are ample brush piles throughout the lake to help congregate fish, improve catch rates, and are within easy casting distance from shore. Channel catfish are also very numerous and are stocked in the lake every two years. 

Lawson City Lake is a great place to spend the day, or a few days.  The city recently completed development of a campground and RV park next to the lake with 21 sites able to be reserved, and some with hook-ups for electricity, water and sewer. The lake complex also includes a walking trail that encircles the lake and 18-hole disc golf course.  Fishing amenities include a new parking lot, new restroom facilities, new fishing jetty and a spacious covered fishing dock.  The city keeps much of the shoreline mowed and maintains a paved walking trail that make it easy to take a kid fishing or find your own comfortable space.

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Lawson City Lake in northwest Missouri

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