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CLINTON LAKE


Lake Information

County: DeWitt

Acreage: 4895

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 129.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

North Fork West Side Weldon Access DeWitt Bridge Marina Mascoutin Wetland Area Parnell Access Rt. 10 Shore Dam


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
     Dam, DeWitt Bridge, Marina, Mascoutin State Park, North Fork,
     Parnell Access, Rt. 10 Shore, Weldon Access, West Side,
     Wetland Area

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

CRAPPIE

Excellent

In an attempt to improve the crappie fishery, blacknose crappie are stocked from on-site rearing ponds. During the most recent survey, the catch rate for black crappie was 13.1 black crappie per hour and the catch rate for white crappie was 18.8 per hour. The blacknose crappie catch rate was 6.1 per hour. Clinton Lake is producing a tremendous crappie fishery. Fishing Regulation: 15 fish daily limit, 9" length limit.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Good

Hybrid striped bass were first stocked in Clinton Lake in 1978. During the spring netting survey, hybrid striped bass were collected at a rate of 2.4 per net. This was a large reduction in catch rate. The recent high water events at Clinton Lake allow the hybrids to escape over the spillway. Fortunately there is an annual stocking of hybrid striped bass that will quickly improve this fishery. The 6-survey average is 17.2 hybrids per net. The hybrid striped bass ranged in size from 14.5 inches to 27 inches. The heaviest hybrid weighed 13.84 pounds and the average weight was 5.54 pounds. Clinton Lake has a good hybrid striped bass fishery. Fishing Regulation: 10 fish daily limit, only 3 fish can be over 17".

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

The most recent survey resulted in a catch rate of 88.9 bass per hour. The average catch rate for the past 6 surveys is 86.5 bass per hour. The largest bass collected weighed 5.4 pounds. There are good numbers of larger bass in the lake, with 57% being over 12 inches in length and 32% over 15 inches. Clinton Lake has an excellent bass population. Fishing Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 16" length limit.

WALLEYE

Good

The catch rate for walleye during the most recent survey was 2.4 walleye per hour. The 6-survey average is 6.1 walleye per hour. Of the walleye collected over 10 inches, 74% were longer than 15 inches and 53% were longer than 20 inches. Clinton Lake has a good walleye fishery. Fishing Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit. (effective 4/1/17)

WHITE BASS

Good

There were strong year classes in 2011, 2014, and 2015, which has produced a great white bass fishery. The catch rate in the most recent survey was 11.5 white bass per hour. The 6-survey average is 21.4 white bass per hour. The white bass fishery should be good in 2017. Fishing Regulation: 10 fish daily limit, only 3 fish can be over 17".

Location: Clinton Lake is located in DeWitt County 10 miles east of Clinton, IL.

Description: This 4,895-acre lake was constructed to serve as a cooling reservoir for the Clinton Nuclear Power Station. The lake has a maximum depth of 60 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. Clinton Lake is No Wake for all boats from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise with the exception of waterfowl hunters. Various portions of the lake are designated as no-wake, electric motor only, or no boat areas for safety and security reasons. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks. There are 17 Class AA campsites, 286 Class A campsites and 5 Class B/S campsites at Clinton Lake with showers and almost all are adaptable to either tents, trailers or motor homes. Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of the fisheries in Clinton Lake since the lake opened in 1979. The lake receives stockings of walleye, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish, and blacknose crappie.

Additional Lake Information: Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks.

Two new fishing regulations are in effect as of 4/1/17:
Walleye: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.
Channel catfish/blue catfish: 10 fish daily limit, no length limit.

Contact Information:
Site Office
217- 935-8722
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus
217-784-4730

There were 85 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 55
Bluegill 36
Channel Catfish 558
Common Carp 1
Crappie 465
Largemouth Bass 2618
Smallmouth Bass 7

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     8.50 lbs
2     8.25 lbs
3     8.25 lbs
4     8.12 lbs
5     7.38 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1 580.50 lbs
2 456.00 lbs
3 438.00 lbs
4 345.00 lbs
5 318.63 lbs


Multiple day tournaments are listed with *end date and

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2019-2020 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
March-2114846ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
March-2115096ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
20Crappie
Yes
March-2115070ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
March-2214465ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
March-2814649ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Crappie
No
March-2814807ApprovedMarina boat
hook
55Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
March-2914224ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
March-2914606ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
April-0413761ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
April-04
*April-05
14234ApprovedMarina boat
hook
65Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-0414705PendingMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-0513765ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
April-0514733PendingMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-0514778PendingMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-09
*April-10
14231ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-1114460ApprovedMarina boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-1814149ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-18
*April-19
14456ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
9Multiple SpeciesNo
April-1814459ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
April-1814666PendingMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-1814676PendingMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-1814777ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-1913772ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
April-1913782ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-1913841ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-1914627ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-2514225ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-25
*April-26
14522ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-2614871ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-0214209ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
May-0214451ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-0214783ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Multiple SpeciesNo
May-0314452ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-0314668ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-0314784ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Multiple SpeciesNo
May-0914669ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-1614237ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
May-1614558ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
May-1615194PendingWest Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
May-1714595ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-1714732ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-2314226ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-2315165ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-30
*May-31
13951ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
May-3114494ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-0614612ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Yes
June-0615166ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-0713889ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-0715080ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-1314121ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-1314227ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-1314805PendingMarina boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-1413770ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-1414124ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-1614562ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-20
*June-21
14426ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-2014670ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-27
*June-28
13934ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-3014560ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-1214599ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-1814075ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-1914228ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-2514671ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-0414561ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-0914229ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-1514091ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-2214672ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-0514230ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-1214238ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
September-12
*September-13
14279ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
September-12
*September-13
14875ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-1314646ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-2014178ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
September-2614258ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-0314682ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Crappie
Yes
October-0314926ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
25Crappie
Yes
October-0414683ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Crappie
Yes
October-10
*October-11
14428ApprovedMarina boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
No
October-1714638ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-1814648ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
November-1414689ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Crappie
No