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GILLESPIE NEW CITY LAKE


Lake Information

County: Macoupin

Acreage: 196

Average Depth: 10.93 feet

Shoreline Length: 8.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

larger map link Dam Boat Ramp Middle


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    Dam, Middle, Ramp

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Average

33 Black Crappie ranging from 6.3-9.4” were collected in 2017. Like the White Crappie, the 2017 CPUE was the highest catch rate recorded.Historic surveys (1999, 2002, 2007, & 2013) during this 20-year period yielded between 4-19 fish per hour. In 2017, 72.7% of fish exceeded 8”, 6.1% of which measured greater than 9”. The largest fish measured 9.4” and weighed 0.37lbs. Black Crappie relative weights (Wr=87) were poor, like previous years.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Three Channel Catfish were collected, measuring 16.9-26.4”. Body Condition was excellent. Channel Catfish were stocked in 2017 and 2019. IDNR will continue to stock Channel Catfish as hatchery production allows.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Good

Hybrid Striped Bass samples tend to be low using electrofishing equipment. Two Hybrid Striped Bass were collected per hour in 2017. These fish measured 9.8” and 12.2”. Hybrid Striped Bass are periodically stocked as hatchery production allows.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

In 2017, 87 Largemouth Bass ranging from 4.3-21.7” were collected. 19.7% of Largemouth Bass collected were 15” or greater. The largest fish measured 21.7” and weighed 5.84lbs. Fish less than 6” (16 fish) were collected, suggesting that natural reproduction is occurring. The catch rate of 87 bass/hour surpasses the catch rate goal (≥60 bass/hour). Structural indices are in good shape and this lake should continue to offer excellent bass fishing.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Very Good

49 White Crappie ranging from 4.3-12.2” were collected in 2017. The 2017 CPUE s the highest catch rate of White Crappie recorded in the last 20 years. The 2002 White Crappie catch rate comes in as the 2nd highest CPUE at 38 fish per hour. Three other surveys occurred during this 20-year period and White Crappie catch rates yielded between 17-31 fish per hour. In 2017, 64.6% of fish exceeded 8”, 8.3% of which measured greater than 9”. The largest fish measured 12.2” and weighed 0.85lbs. Relative weights of White Crappie were excellent in 2017 in comparison to previous years.

Additional Lake Information: General Store / Bait Shop

Contact Information:
Gillespie Lake Office
618-362-6363
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Eric Ratcliff
618-931-4217

There were 4 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 42

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

1     3.71 lbs
2     3.48 lbs
3     3.32 lbs
4     3.25 lbs
5     2.89 lbs

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

1 56.10 lbs
2 21.25 lbs
3 17.30 lbs
4 3.13 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?
July-1114863ApprovedGillespie New City Main Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-1713935ApprovedGillespie New City Main Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No