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Guide to fishing for channel catfish, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass and hybrid striped bass at Marion Reservoir in Kansas.

Marion Reservoir, KS

Known for quality walleye fishing, Marion Reservoir can also wet your appetite for catfish, crappie, wiper and white bass fishing. Located in the east-central part of the state, 2 miles west of Marion, this is a 6,200-acre reservoir offering great camping, boating and fishing.

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Marion Reservoir, located in central Kansas, is a popular fishing destination known for its scenic beauty and diverse fish populations. Anglers are drawn to Marion Reservoir for its excellent fishing opportunities and the chance to catch a variety of popular fish species.

Walleye is one of the primary game fish found in Marion Reservoir. Anglers can target these prized fish by trolling with crankbaits, casting with jigs, or drifting with live bait along the lake's drop-offs, rocky points, or submerged structures. Successful walleye fishing at Marion Reservoir often requires knowledge of the lake's structure and the use of techniques that appeal to these predator fish. Catching a walleye at Marion Reservoir can be a thrilling experience for any angler.

Hybrid stripers, a cross between striped bass and white bass, are abundant in Marion Reservoir. These hard-fighting fish provide anglers with an exciting challenge and the opportunity to catch trophy-sized specimens. Trolling with crankbaits, casting with swimbaits, or vertically jigging can entice hybrid stripers to bite. Anglers targeting these fish can enjoy the thrill of reeling in these powerful predators.

White bass, known for their schooling behavior, are another popular species found in Marion Reservoir. Anglers can target white bass by casting with jigs, spoons, or crankbaits near submerged structures, rocky points, or in open water where schools of baitfish are present. Catching white bass in Marion Reservoir can result in fast-paced action and multiple hookups, providing an enjoyable angling experience.

Channel catfish are abundant in Marion Reservoir, providing anglers with excellent opportunities for catfishing. These bottom-dwelling fish can be targeted using a variety of baits such as cut bait, stink bait, or live bait. Fishing near the lake's deeper areas, including channels and drop-offs, can increase the chances of landing a catfish. Marion Reservoir's catfish population offers both quantity and quality catches, making it an ideal destination for catfish enthusiasts.

Crappie and bluegill are popular panfish species found in Marion Reservoir. Anglers can target crappie by vertical jigging near submerged structures or brush piles. Using minnows or soft plastics as bait can entice crappie into biting. Bluegill, known for their aggressive nature, offer anglers enjoyable panfishing opportunities. Catching these panfish species can provide anglers with relaxing and rewarding fishing experiences.

Wind your way around the 60 miles of shoreline while sightseeing, boating or chasing your favorite fish species. There is no marina, but boat ramps, campgrounds, RV hookups and bait and fishing tackle are all handy. The town of Marion is just a few minutes away if you need gas, supplies or dining.

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Primary fish species residing in Marion Reservoir

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Channel catfish White Crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Hybrid Stripers

Marion Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Marion Reservoir also offers amenities for boating and camping. Anglers can explore the reservoir's waters, navigate with ease, and access various fishing spots. The reservoir's campgrounds and recreational facilities provide convenient options for anglers looking to extend their stay and fully enjoy the outdoor experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Durham Cove Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Kanza Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

French Creek Cove Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Limestone Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Hillsboro Cove Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off 200th Street, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Marion Cove Public Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Pawnee Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Cottonwood Point Campground - 620 382-2101

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Contact Information

Marion Reservoir
Cottonwood Point Campground
Marion, KS 66861
620 382-2101


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