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Lake Information

County: Johnson

Acreage: 118

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Fair numbers of bluegill were collected from Dutchman Lake during the 2016 survey. 47% of these fish were larger than 6 inches, and 13% exceeded 7 inches in length. Bluegill body condition was good.



Generally, few channel catfish are collected during the annual Dutchman Lake electrofishing survey, and 2016 was no exception. The sample included 2 fish, 13 and 17 inches in length. Body condition of these fish was very good. The channel catfish population is maintained by annual or biennial stockings depending on fish availability. Site Regulation: 6 per day creel limit.


Very Good

Largemouth bass abundance in Dutchman Lake in spring 2016 decreased somewhat compared to the previous year, but still easily exceeded the management plan goal. Quality of these fish increased compared to the previous year, and 62% were larger than 12 inches, while 27% were larger than the 15-inch minimum length limit. A few bass measured more than 18 inches and the largest was just under 5 pounds. Bass body condition remained slightly lower than the management plan goal. Site Regulation: 15 inch length limit, 6 per day creel limit.



Of the redear collected in 2016, 31% were larger than 7" in length, but none were longer than 8". Like bluegill, redear body condition was acceptable.



A few Dutchman Lake white crappie were represented in the spring 2016 sample. These fish ranged from 7 to 9 inches in length with substandard body condition.

Location: Dutchman Lake is a relatively clear, infertile, 118-acre U.S. Forest Service-owned impoundment located approximately five miles north of Vienna, IL in Johnson County.

Description: The lake is surrounded by forest and has a gravel access road and boat ramp. The Dutchman Lake watershed is large, so significant rains have the potential to quickly raise the water level and decrease transparency.

Additional Lake Information: Ten horsepower outboard motor limit.

Site Regulation:
Largemouth bass – 15 inch length limit, 6 per day creel limit.
Channel catfish – 6 per day creel limit.

Contact Information:
Shawnee National Forest Office:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson

There were 1 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 18

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

1     7.62 lbs
2     7.12 lbs
3     6.62 lbs

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

1 73.38 lbs