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Bean Lake, located in the northwest section of Missouri, is a prime fishing destination known for its diverse fish population and serene natural surroundings. Anglers flock to Bean Lake in search of popular fish species such as largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, flathead catfish, and various sunfish species.

Largemouth bass are a prized catch at Bean Lake, known for their aggressive strikes and thrilling fights. Anglers can target these bass by casting with topwater lures, working plastic worms or jigs around submerged structures, or trolling with crankbaits. The lake's abundant vegetation, rocky shorelines, and underwater structures provide ideal habitats for largemouth bass, making it an enticing spot for bass fishing enthusiasts.

Catfish anglers will find plenty of action at Bean Lake. The lake is home to channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish, offering anglers the opportunity to land some impressive specimens. Anglers can employ various techniques to target catfish, such as bottom fishing with live or cut bait, using stink baits, or setting trotlines or jug lines. Bean Lake's deep holes, submerged timber, and gravel bars provide excellent habitats for catfish, ensuring an exciting and rewarding fishing experience.

Sunfish, including bluegill, redear sunfish, and other species, are also abundant in Bean Lake. These panfish species provide fun-filled angling opportunities for anglers of all ages and skill levels. Anglers can target sunfish using small hooks and light tackle, employing techniques such as bobber fishing with live bait or casting small jigs or spinners. Bean Lake's calm waters and ample vegetation offer ideal conditions for sunfish to thrive, making it a great destination for family fishing outings and youth angling experiences.

Bean Lake in Missouri is a haven for anglers seeking largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish. With its diverse fish population, serene natural environment, and opportunities for boating and camping, Bean Lake offers a memorable fishing experience for anglers of all interests. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice, Bean Lake promises exciting fishing adventures and the chance to reel in some impressive catches.

As part of a conservation marsh area, Bean Lake is a 400-acre oxbow in the northwest part of the state, one-half mile east of the Missouri River. Fluctuating water levels can impact boat launching. Canoes and kayaks are ideal here for easy access. Significant amounts of brush and aquatic vegetation provides plenty of cover for fish - both predator and prey. There is a mixed bag of fish species here and a host of factors can influence the results of a day fishing

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Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, bluegill, redear sunfish and rock bass at Bean Lake in Missouri.

Primary fish species residing in Bean Lake

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Bluegill Redear Sunfish Rock Bass

Bean Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES (At high water level)
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NEARBY

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In addition to the excellent fishing opportunities, Bean Lake provides boating and camping facilities for outdoor enthusiasts. Anglers can enjoy cruising the lake on their boats, whether it's a motorized vessel or a paddlecraft, and explore the scenic surroundings.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Little Bean Marsh Conservation Area Boat Launch
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Westside Drive, this is a one-lane, gravel ramp with gravel parking.

Click here for a Missouri Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available nearby, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the beauty of the lake and its surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Covenant Cove RV Resort Campground - 816 261-9735

Lewis and Clark State Park Campground - 816 579-5564

Bean Lake MO Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Bean Lake
Little Bean Marsh
Missouri Department of Conservation
816 622-0900


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