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KINKAID LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 2750

Average Depth: 25 feet

Shoreline Length: 82 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Wilson Schneider Bay Marina Fish and Wildlife Johnson Creek Thompson Neck


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
    Fish & Wildlife Area, Johnson Creek, Marina, Thompson Neck,
    Wilson Schneider Bay

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

6600

2018

Muskellunge

Adult

2000

2018

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

31863

2019

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

3000

2019

Muskellunge

Adult

3974

2019

Threadfin Shad

Fingerling 1 - 3"

1200

2019

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

90485

2020

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

64152


Additional information for stocking on KINKAID LAKE


Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population structure is poor. During the 2019 spring electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Kinkaid Lake has a good and underutilized channel catfish population. Channel catfish up to 9 pounds were collected in 2019 survey.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

Kinkaid Lake is known for producing large crappie. Crappie over 2 pounds are caught each year, and at least two 4-pound crappie have been caught in the last 4 years. Blacknose crappie were first stocked in 2010. Legal-sized blacknose crappie were first caught in 2013. 87% of the crappie collected during the spring 2019 survey were over the minimum nine-inch length limit, 76% were over 10 inches, and 13% were over 12 inches. In March 2017 a new state record hybrid crappie was caught at Kinkaid Lake. The crappie measured 18.1 inches in length and weighed 4.55 pounds. It is the largest documented crappie ever caught in Illinois.Site Regulation: White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Fair

Surveys indicate that a small number of flathead catfish are present. At least one flathead catfish has been collected in 3 of the last 6 surveys.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Of the bass collected during the 2019 spring survey, 22% were over the minimum 16 inch size limit and 9% were over 18 inches. Fourteen percent of all largemouth bass collected were between 15-16 inches.Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

Kinkaid Lake is one of the premier muskie lakes in Illinois. Muskie are stocked annually and many are caught each year in excess of 40 inches. During the 2019 spring survey 172 muskies were collected and the largest muskie measured 45.5 inches in length. Anglers are encouraged to NOT fish for muskie in the warmer summer months as angling mortality is believed to be very high especially, for larger muskie. Please report tagged MUE to IDNR Fish Biologist Shawn Hirst at 618-687-4546 or email at Shawn.Hirst@illinois.gov. Anglers reporting a tagged muskie will receive information on the history of that fish. If the tag number is covered with algae, simply scrape the algae away with your fingernail or a knife. Please provide tag number (5 digits), length, and catch date. Please do not remove the tag. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

The redear population is average. Of the redear collected in the 2019 spring electrofishing survey, 24% were over seven-inches in length. No redear sunfish over 8 inches were collected. The redear population is average. Redear sunfish over 8 inches are present in small numbers.

WALLEYE

Good

IDNR annually stocks walleye into Kinkaid Lake, and fish up to 11 pounds have been collected in netting surveys. Walleye numbers are not high, but trophy-sized fish can be caught. The best areas are in front of the dam and spillway during spring high water events. During 2019 trap netting, the largest fish collected measured 23 inches. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit.

Location: Kinkaid Lake is located in Jackson County three miles northwest of Murphysboro off of State Route 149.

Description: There are 3 public boat launching facilities around the Lake. Kinkaid Lake is 2750 acres in size, has a shoreline length of 82 miles and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The NW portion of the Lake consists of a 3-mile no-wake zone.

Additional Lake Information: Kinkaid Lake receives a tremendous amount of recreational boat traffic during the hot summer months especially on the weekends and holidays. To avoid the crowd, anglers may consider fishing early in the morning and/or during the week. The upper NW portion of Kinkaid Lake is referred to as the Johnson Creek Area. About 3 miles of this area is a no wake zone that gets very turbid for multiple days after heavy rain events. Threadfin shad are stocked into this lake when available as a supplemental forage base. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig.

Tagged Fish: Please report tagged muskie to the Department of Natural Resources at 618-687-4546. Please provide tag number, length of muskie, and catch date.

Fishing Tournaments: Any fishing tournament with 80 or more anglers or 40 or more boats must obtain a permit from the Kinkaid-Reed- Creek Conservancy District (618-687-1722) in addition to the tournament permit from the IDNR. No tournaments over 40 boats are allowed during June-July-August.

Maps of 50 permanent Kinkaid Lake fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@Illinois.gov

Site Regulations:
Largemouth/smallmouth bass: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit
Muskie: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit
White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit
Walleye: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Kinkaid Lake Fish and Wildlife Area
618-684-2867
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-559-5009

There were 81 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Bluegill 36
Crappie 468
Largemouth Bass 2127
Muskellunge 48
Smallmouth Bass 1

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

1     6.56 lbs
2     6.42 lbs
3     6.38 lbs
4     6.31 lbs
5     6.25 lbs

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

1 528.19 lbs
2 306.23 lbs
3 289.99 lbs
4 237.01 lbs
5 226.82 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?
August-1514964ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
No
August-1516706ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
August-1615939ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-1616633ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
19Crappie
No
August-2216292ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
August-2313895ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-1214102ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-1215653ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
11Largemouth Bass
No
September-1315045ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
September-1915322ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-2015323ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-2015956ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-2716675ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
October-0313749ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-03
*October-04
14566ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Muskellunge
Yes
October-0414262ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-10
*October-11
14573ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
October-1114665ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-17
*October-18
14233ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-17
*October-18
14317ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
24Muskellunge
Yes
October-2413918ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
October-2414127ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-2515157ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
November-0114888ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
November-0116744ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
November-0716464ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
November-0716546ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
November-0816685ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
November-2816547ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No