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Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 214

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.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on W. FRANKFORT NEW CITY

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

Bluegill abundance in West Frankfort New City Lake in 2019 was high, as evidenced by a catch rate of 166 per hour of electrofishing. Quality of these fish was good with 37% larger than 6 inches. Bluegill body condition remained good.


Very Good

Numbers of channel catfish sampled slightly declined in 2019 (30 per hour), and sizes ranged from 13 to 24 inches with very good body condition. The channel catfish population of West Frankfort New City Lake is maintained by supplemental stockings accomplished every other year. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



Good numbers of white crappie (44 per hour) were included in the 2019 West Frankfort New City Lake sample. Average body condition was substandard, an indication of an overcrowded condition relative to the available food supply. No black crappie were collected in 2019.


Very Good

Largemouth bass were found in West Frankfort New City Lake in better numbers in spring 2019 (64 were collected per hour of electrofishing), and body condition of these fish was excellent. Fifty eight percent were larger than 12 inches, 26 percent were over 15 inches, and 16 percent exceeded 18 inches in length. Population indices met or exceeded the management plan goal for largemouth bass in West Frankfort New City Lake. Site Regulation: 15 inch length limit, 3 fish daily limit.

Location: West Frankfort New City Lake is located approximately 5 miles east of West Frankfort, Illinois and just south of Route 149 in Franklin County.

Description: West Frankfort New City Lake is a 214-acre city-owned impoundment. The lake is mostly surrounded by homes and has a concrete boat ramp.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15 inch length limit, 3 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson

There were 4 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 57

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

1     4.92 lbs
2     3.86 lbs
3     3.75 lbs
4     3.65 lbs

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

1 43.13 lbs
2 34.13 lbs
3 28.25 lbs
4 27.25 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
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
September-0815376ApprovedRamp boat
8Largemouth Bass