Marceline 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.

Area Information

From Marceline, take Highway 5 south 3 miles, then Route E west 3 miles, then Marceline Lake Avenue north 0.75 mile.

Annual Prospects Report

This 176-acre lake recently had a new infrastructure installed around the lake. If fishing here you will see a new cover fish dock, courtesy boat dock, new concrete boat ramp, new privy and an expanded parking lot. This lake has limited bank fishing but what is available is very good. Largemouth bass fishing is excellent.  A 12- to 15-inch protected slot length limit continues to improve the bass population.  Bass anglers can expect the majority of their catch to be fish 12 to 15 inches long.  However, catches of large bass are increasing.  A high-quality channel catfish population exists in the lake with several fish longer than 20 inches.  Anglers should use night crawlers or prepared baits fished off the bottom.   During the summer, be sure to fish in water less than 12 feet deep.  Oxygen levels in many Missouri lakes get too low to support fish at depths below 12 feet.  Anglers interested in panfishing will find good numbers of bluegill.  At times, crappie anglers can experience great catches with most crappie being over 10 inches, however they can be difficult to track down at times. This lake has lotus in it that comes on in late July so if you are planning on bank fishing, I suggest you do it early in the year before the lotus begins to grow.

Driving Directions

Take Highway 5 south of Marceline to county highway E and go west approximately 3 miles to county road Marceline Lake Ave (Gravel road). Travel north approximately 3/4 of a mile to the lake entrance on the east side of the road.

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Marceline City Lake in northwest Missouri.

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