Atlanta Conservation Area has a number of fishing spots on its property. The area is split into two properties...the 2,355-acre Atlanta tract and the 2,454-acre Long Branch tract. The East Fork of the Little Chariton River runs 3 miles through the NW portion of the Long Branch tract, which includes the upper reaches of Long Branch Lake. If you are fishing for bass, there is a fair population in ponds 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11. If you are fishing for catfish, there is fair fishing in ponds 1, 4, 8, 9, and 11 and Long Branch Creek. If it is sunfish you want, there is good fishing for bluegills in ponds 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11.
Driving Directions: Five miles north of Macon on Highway 63, and two miles west on Route AX, then 2.5 miles north on Jupiter Avenue.
Bee Hollow Conservation Area has access to the East Fork of the Little Chariton River. The fishing is fair for catfish.
Driving Directions: Eight miles south of Macon on Highway 63, then two miles west on Jackpot Road.
Dodd Access offers about 1/4 of a mile of access to the Chariton River. On the Chariton River, the fishing for catfish is usually pretty good.
Driving Directions: Take Highway 36 west of Callao to Highway UU, turn north five miles, then one mile on Echo Avenue to the area.
Griffiths Memorial Conservation Area has a 1.5 acre pond worth checking out if you happen to be there anyhow. The fishing is fair for bass, catfish, and bluegill.
Driving Directions: Two miles north of New Cambria on Highway 149 and 0.6 mile west on Derby Street, then 0.4 mile north on Crystal Avenue.
La Plata City Lake is about 80 acres in size and has pretty good fishing for bass, catfish, and crappie as well as fair fishing for bluegill. The City of La Plata has established boat user fees of $2.00/day or $25.00/year (as of December 2010) for those using boats on the lake. Daily fees can be paid at the lake. Annual fees can be paid at City Hall.
Driving Directions: Two and one-half miles east of La Plata on Highway 156, then one-half mile south on Leopard to the entrance road.
Long Branch Lake Management Lands fishing mostly centers around Long Branch Lake. The East Fork of the Little Chariton River runs 3 miles through the NW portion of the Long Branch tract, which includes the upper reaches of Long Branch Lake.There is fishing for species like bass and crappie at Long Branch Lake. For catfish, carp, drum, and buffalo, the fishing on Long Branch Lake is quite good.
Driving Directions: Located five miles north of Macon on Highway 63, then two miles west on State Road AX.
Long Branch State Park- Long Branch Lake has an excellent reputation for bass fishing, but you can cast your lines for catfish, walleye and crappie as well. The lake's 24 miles of shoreline have many small coves that offer good fishing. A partially covered accessible fishing dock is located near the beach. Statewide fishing regulations apply.Long Branch State Park offers basic and electric campsites and a special-use camping area. On-season (April through October) services include a dump station, showers, water and reserve-able sites. There are also several walk-in basic campsites available. The campground is open year-round. Reservations can be made for stays during the on-season. For reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay for weekends. During the off-season (November through March), potable water is available at the frost-free spigot near campsite 13. Firewood is sold during park office hours.
Blees Lake in Macon, Missouri is a 10 acre small lake that has good fishing for bass, catfish, crappie, as well as sunfish. There are handicap accessible facilities for fishing at this lake.
Driving Directions: Located on the south edge of Macon, across from the fairgrounds on the west side of Highway 63.
Macon City Lake, just outside of Macon, is a 200 acre lake with good fishing for bass and catfish and fair fishing for crappie, sunfish, and carp. The lake has a boat ramp as boats with motors at or under 10 HP are permissible with a no wake requirement. (Regs as of 12/12/2010)
Driving Directions: One mile north of Macon on Highway 63, then one mile west on Lake Street, then south on Macon Lake Road.
Fairgrounds Lake-Macon County, Missouri, you will find an approximately 2 acre pond with public fishing access. The fishing here is fair for bass, catfish, and sunfish. No boats are allowed.
Driving Directions: Two and one-half miles south of the junction of Highways 63 and 36 in the city of Macon. Turn east into the Macon County Fairgrounds.
Mussel Fork Conservation Area has 4 ponds with a little over 4 acres of fishing water as well as Mussel Fork Creek. The fishing is fair for bass, catfish, and sunfish.
Driving Directions: Ten miles east of Brookfield on the south side of Highway 36.
Thomas Hill Reservoir Conservation Area is an incredible fishing resource. It has the advantage that the power plant feeds warm water into one end of the lake which provides for exceptional Winter fishing on this end of the lake (see map below). The lake itself is medium sized at about 5,000 acres. As of this writing (Dec 12, 2010), boats, including sailboats, may be used on lakes and ponds designated as open to boats. Boats may not be left unattended overnight. Thomas Hill Reservoir is managed primarily for largemouth bass, crappie, hybrid striped bass and catfish. Camping is available at the Highway T campground which includes 10 improved sites. The campgroud offers small covered shelters, concrete pads, a privy and picnic tables. Primitive overflow camping is available adjacent to the permanent campground when campsites are full.
Driving Directions: Main entrance is 5.25 miles west of Macon on Highway 36, then 10 miles south on Route C to College Mound, and 2.4 miles west on Route T.