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Lake Information

County: Shelby

Acreage: 205

Average Depth: 13.71 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Bluegill fishing is poor-fair. Few fish exceed 7 inches.



Common carp are abundant with fish exceeding 14 lbs. Fishing quality is rated as good.



Channel catfish are stocked by IDNR hatcheries and very abundant in this lake. The average catch goes from 3/4 - 5 pounds, with the occasional fish over 10 pounds caught. Fishing prospects are rated as excellent for 2016! Site Regulation: 6 fish daily; no length limit.



Crappie, both white and black, are present, with white crappie abundant. Anglers may catch crappie up to 11+ inches and 0.5+ pounds. Fishing prospects for 2016 are good.



Flathead catfish are fairly abundant. Many young flathead catfish are collected in surveys. The largest flathead collected was 32 inches and weighed 14+ lbs. Fishing quality is rated as fair-good.



Largemouth bass are fairly abundant with bass from 1/2 – 3 pounds common. Fish over 6 pounds are caught on occasion. Most bass collected were young-of-the-year fish. Recruitment has improved with the presence of aquatic vegetation in the lake. The collection rate of larger bass was less than desirable, but the population density is likely higher than these numbers reflect. The largest bass collected was 19” and 3.7 lbs. Fishing quality is rated as fair-good for both size structure and density for 2016. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily; 14" minimum (large and smallmouth)



Muskellunge, of larger sizes, were initially stocked in 2011. Numbers collected have been highly variable. Anglers have reported catching large fish. Fishing quality is rated as fair for 2016. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily; 48" minimum

Location: Pana Lake is located east of the City of Pana in Christian and Shelby Counties.

Description: Two lakes combine to cover 219 surface acres and consist of a separate older upper lake (69 acres) and newer lower lake (144 acres). The maximum depth is 36 feet with an average depth of 13.7 feet. A public boat launch is available only on the lower lake. The City of Pana (217-562-3626) collects a boating access fee. All tournaments must be scheduled through

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fish population of Pana Lake is intensively surveyed every two years, primarily by electrofishing. The fish are measured, weighed, and scales collected for aging before releasing the fish alive. Channel catfish and muskellunge (muskie) are stocked annually through the IDNR hatcheries.

Yellow bass, longear sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth, and yellow bullheads are present, but are seldom harvested by anglers due to the small size attained by most of these species. Gizzard shad and golden shiners are the primary forage for gamefish.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line only with no more than two hooks or lures per pole. Muskie anglers: live bait in excess of 8 inches must be rigged with a quick strike rig.

The City of Pana (217-562-3626) collects a boating access fee. All tournaments must be scheduled through

Contact Information:
City of Pana
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Jim Garavaglia

There were 8 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 124

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1     11.06 lbs
2     8.06 lbs
3     7.12 lbs
4     6.20 lbs
5     4.00 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1 60.68 lbs
2 39.00 lbs
3 35.28 lbs
4 29.75 lbs
5 29.00 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.

2020-2021 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
August-2525793ApprovedSW corner N of dam boat
15Largemouth Bass