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Lake Information

County: McDonough

Acreage: 277

Shoreline Length: 6.1 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No HP Limit

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



The current bluegill population is rated as average with the larger fish up to 7.5 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in very good body condition. The competition with the gizzard shad and carp have not greatly reduced the bluegill condition and growth. Usually the bluegill condition will suffer more with these competitors.



The current channel catfish population is rated as excellent with the larger fish up to 33 inches in length. This population is of high density and in good body condition. The fish from 13 to 20 inches. Site regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



In 2016, the largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 4 to 18 inches in length with good average relative weights. A very strong year class from 4 to 7 inches was present in our collection. The current bass population is present in a moderate density of fast-growing fish. The online IFISH tournament registration and result system was started in 2015. The tournament results showed these anglers spent 845 hours in 2015 and 102 hours in 2016 on Spring Lake. They reported 38 legal fish in 2015 for .05 fish per angler hour. They reported 23 legal fish in 2016 for .23 fish per angler hour. Site regulation: 15 inch minimum length limit, 3 fish daily limit.



A total of 7 muskie were sampled by the spring trapnet survey in 2016. These fish ranged from 18 to 41 inches long. The body condition of these fish was excellent. A low density population of quality size muskie are present in Spring Lake. Jake Wolf Hatchery stocked 281 muskie at 10.75 inches in 2016. An annual stocking is now scheduled to maintain a low density of healthy muskie. Site regulation: In 2017, the muskie harvest regulation was changed from the statewide 1 fish daily harvest at a 36 inch minimum size, to a 42 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit. The goal of the new regulation is to protect the fish for at least 1 more year from angler harvest.



The walleye population was sampled by 3 fish in spring trapnets from 17.3 to 41 inches long. The body condition was excellent. This new stocking appears to be growing well and has reached a size to be able to convert over to a larger fish diet. Site regulation: In 2017, the walleye regulation was increased to a 18 inch minimum length limit and 3 fish daily harvest limit.


Very Good

The white crappie population has been very dense in recent years. In 2016, the white crappie showed a dramatic drop in the density sampled in the previous 5 years. The size structure was much higher toward larger fish.



The yellow bass population sample revealed fish from 6.3 to 9.4 inches in length. The current size structure can allow the harvest of yellow bass by anglers. Typically the yellow bass populations can be very cyclic from a high density of small fish to a low density of fish over 7 inches.

Location: Spring Lake is located approximately 2 miles northwest of Macomb in McDonough County with access off of County Highway 20.

Description: Spring Lake is a medium sized watershed impoundment owned by the City of Macomb as their water supply reservoir. The lake is managed for fishing by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The original lake was constructed in 1927 by the damming of Spring Creek. In 1969, a new and larger dam was constructed to form a reservoir of 277 acres. Currently, Spring Lake has a size of 244 acres, maximum depth of 32 feet, a shoreline of 6.1 miles and a centerline of 2.2 miles. A boat ramp and parking area is located at the east end of the lake. Other facilities provided at the Spring Lake Park include: camping, concessionaire, lodging, boat rental, hiking trails and picnic areas.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Spring Lake and its sport fishery are evaluated annually by spring trapnetting and electrofishing which direct fish stockings, fishing regualtions and management.

Additional Lake Information: All Fish: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye: 18 inch minimum length limit, 3 fish daily limit
Muskie: 42 inch minimum and 1 fish per day limit
Largemouth or smallmouth bass: 15 inch minimum length limit, 3 fish daily limit
Channel or blue catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Striped, white or hybrid striped bass: 17 inch minimum size limit, 3 fish daily limit

Recreational Use Restrictions:
All live bait greater then 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig.
No horsepower limit with a “no wake” restriction.
Swimming is not permitted.

Contact Information:
Spring Lake Park:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Rob Hilsabeck