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Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

Public Fishing Area

Marben Public Fishing Area (PFA) at CEWC takes its name from the combination of Margery and Bennett O'Boyle, previous owners of part of this area.

Wildlife Resources Division personnel intensively manage the 22 lakes and ponds, ranging in size from 1 - 95 acres and totaling approximately 295 acres, for bass, bream, catfish, crappie, and yellow perch.

Most lakes are accessible to both boat and bank anglers with concrete boat ramps and access trails. Some facilities have handicapped-accessible fishing piers and public restrooms. Swimming is not allowed.

Fishing at Marben PFA is available from sunrise to sunset seven days a week, and adults must supervise children under 14 years old. Anglers should note which lakes are open or closed at either the North or South kiosk. Area maps with a list of fish species you can expect to catch in each pond are available at these information boards as well as the Visitor’s Center. Please note daily limits and any special length restrictions.

Equipment, Bait and Boats: Fishing rods and reels are the only gear allowed.  Once prohibited, the use of minnows for bait is now allowed.  Drinking of alcoholic beverages is not allowed. Boats may be used in any Marben PFA pond. Gas motors operated at idle speed may be used in Fox and Bennett only. In all other ponds, only electric motors or paddles may be used. All boats must carry the required safety equipment, including appropriate personal flotation devices. Boats with gas or electric motors must be registered. Click here to register your boat, or contact the WRD Boat Registration Office at 1-800-366-2661.

Fishing Licenses: What Fishing Licenses Do You Need? Click Here . Licenses may be purchased at the Visitor's Center (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday) or you can purchase a license online.

Problems? If you see a problem on Marben PFA, call the tip line at 800-241-4133.

More information about the PFA at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

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