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Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 60

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unlimited HP/Wake Only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



The bluegill population is average and no bluegill over 78 inches were collected in the 2016. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.



The CCF population is poor. no fish were collected in 2016. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



Canvasback Lake has a good crappie population consisting of both black and white crappie. Of the crappie collected in 2016, 72% were over 10 inches in length. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.



An electrofishing survey is the best way to analyze the largemouth bass population in a lake. Because electrofishing is not an option at this lake, very little is known about the population. No largemouth bass were collected during 2016 spring trap netting. Site Regulation: 5 fish under 14" and one fish over 18"; 14-18 inch protected slot (no posession).



This Lake is stocked annually with muskie. IDNR collected one 36-inch muskie from this lake in the spring of 2014. If you catch a tagged muskie from Canvasback Lake, DO NOT REMOVE THE TAG. Please contact Shawn Hirst, IDNR Fisheries Biologist by phone at 618-687-4546 or email at with the following information: date of catch, length of fish, 5-digit tag number.



Only two redear sunfish (8-9 inches) have been collected in 9 years of sampling. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. The Denmark Section is accessed off of the Pyatt-Cutler Road. From State Route 127, head west on Pyatt-Cutler Road. About 7 miles west of Pyramid State Park, turn south into the Denmark Section.

Description: Canvasback Lake is a strip cut lake located on the Denmark Section of Pyramid State Park. Facilities at this 60-acre lake include a concrete boat launch, floating dock, and bathrooms.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: As a result of high water conductivity, electrofishing is not an effective sampling tool at this lake. All information is based on spring trap netting surveys.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only and bowfishing is allowed. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig. Please note that fishing is prohibited from November 1 through February 28. Maps of 23 lakes located on the Arch Portion of Pyramid State Park can be obtained via email by sending a request to

Tagged Fish: Please report tagged muskie to the Department of Natural Resources at 618-687-4546. Please provide tag number, length of muskie, and catch date.

Note: A new horsepower rule went into effect February of 2018: Unlimited HP motor limit and all boats/motors must be operated at no wake speed.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 5 fish under 14” and fish 1 over 18” limit, 14–18 inch protected slot (no possession)
Bluegill or redear sunfish: 25 fish daily limit
Crappie: 25 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit.
All Fish 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only and bowfishing is allowed.

Contact Information:
Pyramid State Park
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Nick Abell