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Lake Information

County: Christian

Acreage: 2321

Average Depth: 12.57 feet

Shoreline Length: 97.4 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 25hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Avg Wt.


Fish Status

Channel catfish

Very Good

0.9 lbs


The channel catfish population is very good both in quantity and quality. Fish up to 8 pounds are surveyed every year.





The lake has both black and white crappie. The black crappie were originally brought in from Arkansas in 1985 and have a wide black stripe running from just under their chin up over the nose, between the eyes and up the spine to the dorsal fin. They are called black-nosed or black-striped crappie by the anglers. They are a beautiful fish and are prized by the fishermen. The white crappie are native. Both species are doing well in the lake.

Flathead catfish


1.6 lbs


Sangchris Lake has a very good flathead catfish population. The largest collected in a survey was 69 pounds and the largest caught was 76 pounds. 40 pounders are taken every year.

Largemouth bass


0.9 lbs


Thanks to excellent spawns the lake has excellent numbers of fish. Even with some of the bass in lower than average body condition and the lack of larger fish, it is still one of the better bass fisheries in the state.

Striped bass

Very Good

1.6 lbs


Pure striped bass are non-native and have been stocked every other year since 1983. Those stockings have produced some very good fishing. The current state record of 31 pounds 7 ounces is from Sangchris.

Location: Sangchris Lake is located 20 miles southeast of Springfield off of IL Route 104, 7 miles north of Bulpitt.

Description: Sangchris Lake is 2325 acres. The lake was developed as a result of damming Clear Creek in 1964. The Division of Fisheries has been involved in the management of this lake from its beginning in 1965. It was owned by Commonwealth Edison and served as a cooling lake for their coal-fired power plant. The fish community is therefore highly dependent on power plant operation. Commonwealth Edison sold the plant to the current owner, Dominion Power, in the early 2000s. The maximum depth in the lake is approximately 38 feet with and average depth of approximately 13 feet. Sangchris Lake has three boat access points; one on each arm.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The lake boasts 100 miles of shoreline and is characterized by a west and middle arm cooling loop and an east ambient arm. The east arm receives much of the water within the watershed, and therefore suffers from siltation. Much of the shoreline and cove habitat was once composed of dense beds of water lily and submersed aquatic vegetation. Those communities have recently collapsed and no cause has been determined at this point. A total of 26 fish species have been collected in Sangchris Lake since 1982. While their numbers and potential for successful angling are low, anglers may catch green sunfish, green sunfish x bluegill hybrid, freshwater drum, white bass, or yellow bass.

Additional Lake Information: Sangchris Lake has three boat access points; one on each arm. Rowboats, canoes and boats with motors of 25 horsepower or less are welcome to use the ramps. The long-awaited West Boat Ramp opened in fall 2014; improvements include: a new boat ramp that extends further into the water for safer boat launching, larger parking lot, new access road, and handicap-accessible sidewalks and parking. Two pole and line fishing only. No commercial devices, such as trot lines, jugs, or bank poles, are allowed. Archery fishing is allowed for rough fish, but not within 200 yards of a developed area, such as a campground.

Contact Information:
IDNR District Biologist
Nerissa McClelland
(ext. 224)