Maple Leaf 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: From the junction of Highway 13 and I-70, go three miles west on the South I-70 Outer Access Road.

Annual Prospects Report

Largemouth bass fishing should continue to be good for both legal (greater-than 15-inches) and sublegal (less-than 15-inches) fish. Maple Leaf produces high densities of forage for largemouth bass and anglers report catching bass in the 3-5 pound size range. Fishing crankbaits and buzzbaits along the weed beds and plastic worms around the standing trees are good strategies for bass anglers.

Bluegill fishing will be fair with most bluegill smaller than 6 inches in length. Redear sunfish fishing will be good. Most redear surveyed are 6 to 8-inch in length, To catch redear sunfish, try using a small jig tipped with a little piece of worm fished along the bottom.  Sunfish anglers should concentrate along the shoreline during April and May, and then move to standing trees in deeper water during June and July. Anglers may be more successful using worms and slip bobbers around flooded trees.

Crappie fishing will be fair due to the low density of fish. A considerable number of crappie caught by anglers can exceed 9 inches. Anglers may catch crappie on the banks during April and will have to target areas around submerged trees later in the season. Tube jigs and minnows are good crappie baits. Crappie angling can also be very good during September and October using minnows around submerged trees. Channel catfish fishing is good. Catfish anglers should try using stink baits or chicken livers, and fishing from the jetties or the dam in the evening.

Driving Directions

From the junction of Highway 13 and I-70, go three miles west on the South I-70 Outer Access Road.

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Maple Leaf Lake in western Missouri
Kansas City

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