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Lake Information

County: Macoupin

Acreage: 155

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 75HP Limit, No Wake

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.



Fish Status



In our last survey, Bluegill ranged from 2.0-6.7” in size. Ten fish (26.3%) were over 6”. No Bluegill exceeded 7”. Bluegill body condition is poor. This population is always going to have its challenges competing for food resources with Gizzard Shad.


Very Good

Eighteen Channel Catfish were collected in our survey, measuring 11.8-27.2”. Body Condition was low, suggesting that the stocking rate may need to be reduced. Channel Catfish were stocked in 2017 and 2019. IDNR will continue to stock Channel Catfish as hatchery production allows. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



Black and White Crappie are in this lake; however Black Crappie were the dominant species in our 2017 survey. Twenty-eight Black Crappie were collected and ranging in size from 5.5-10.6”. All Black Crappie collected exceeded 8”, 14.3% of which measured greater than 9”, and two fish (7.1%) exceeded 10”. Seven White Crappie were collected. All White Crappie exceeded 8”. The largest White Crappie measured 11.8”. These species are very prolific and can stunt out quickly if they have a successful spawn, therefore harvest is encouraged.



In 2017, 31 Largemouth Bass ranging from 3.1-15.0” were collected. No Largemouth Bass exceeded 15”. Fish less than 6” were collected, suggesting that natural reproduction is occurring. The catch rate of 31 bass/hour is 48% less than the goal.

Additional Lake Information: Concession stand on site. Swimming allowed from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Contact Information:
City of Carlinville
Carlinville Lake Campground
15927 Carlinville Lake Road, Carlinville, IL 62626
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Eric Ratcliff