Largemouth bass numbers continue to be low at Long Branch Lake, but those that are caught by anglers are generally 15 inches or longer. Hybrid striped bass fishing will be good in 2019 for anglers that concentrate on fishing main lake points, keeping a watch out for schooling hybrids breaking the surface feeding upon gizzard shad. Channel catfish in the 2-3-pound range will provide good action for bank anglers and those fishing the flooded timber in the Long Branch and East Fork of Little Chariton River arms. Large blue catfish are not uncommon; jugs fished with shad are most effective in spring and early fall. Flathead catfish are more difficult to catch but are available to those willing to use live bait in the upper arms of the lake near old river channels.
White and black crappie grow slowly at Long Branch Lake, and historically a very small percentage reach 9 inches, a size desirable to anglers. According to a 2019 fall survey, the size structure of the white crappie population will be similar to the previous year with nearly three out of ten fish measuring 9 inches or longer. Abundant, small common carp can provide fast action for pole and line angling and bowfishing. Locations of brush piles that were constructed in spring 2013 can be found at https://short.mdc.mo.gov/ZpN. A barrier free fishing dock near the marina enhances the fishing opportunities at this lake.