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Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 5

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

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



Bluegill numbers in Christopher Old City Lake were collected at a significant rate in our sampling, but fish smaller than 6 inches in length were the majority. Bluegill body condition was also at the low end of the acceptable range. It is hoped that a stronger largemouth bass population (via recent implementation of more restrictive bass harvest regulations and bass stockings) will improve the quality of bluegill.



Small numbers of channel catfish were included in the 2017 Christopher Old City Lake sample, and these fish ranged from 11 to 18 inches in length with good body condition. The Christopher Old City Lake channel catfish population is maintained via supplemental stockings every other year.



The 2017 survey of Christopher Old City Lake produced twice the number of largemouth bass compared to the previous year, but quality dropped slightly. 50% of bass were larger than the 15-inch miminum length limit, and 28% were larger than 18 inches. Bass body condition was excellent, but evidence of natural reproduction was still lacking. Bass fingerlings have been stocked twice in the last four years to boost the population.



A potential threat to the Christopher Old City Lake sport fishery is the existence of significant numbers of yellow bass, which can compete with other small predators for food. Seventy-five of these fish were collected per hour in 2017, and their length ranged from 6 to 7.5 inches. Anglers are encouraged to remove any yellow bass that are caught to help control the population.

Location: Christopher Old City Lake is a very fertile, shallow, 20-acre, city-owned impoundment located just northwest of Christopher, Illinois and north of Route 14 in Franklin County.

Description: Christopher Old City Lake is mostly surrounded by woods and has a gravel ramp.

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson