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MATTOON, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Shelby

Acreage: 988

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes




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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

Few fish exceed 7.5 inches, but most have a heavy body weight.

CARP

Good

Abundant with fish exceeding 10 lbs.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Currently abundant in the lake through primarily natural recruitment. The average catch goes from 3/4 - 4.5 lbs., with the occasional fish over 10 pounds caught.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

Both white and black crappie are abundant. Growth rates vary from slow to fast within this population. However, anglers may still catch crappie up to 13 inches and 3/4 lbs.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Poor

Catch and release is encouraged as abundance is low.

FRESHWATER DRUM

Average

Moderately abundant with fish exceeding 10 lbs.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Good

Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually with population density varying with stocking density. Good numbers of hybrid striped bass have been caught in recent years by anglers. Numbers of hybrids are caught below the spillway in early spring. Catch rates of hybrid striped bass were high during the standardized fall survey in 2012 and good in 2013.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

Moderate in abundance due to a lack of aquatic vegetation for nursery habitat. Decent numbers of bass from .5-3 lbs. are present with fish over 6 lbs. caught on occasion.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Fair

Saugeye were initially stocked in 2010. Saugeye are moderate in abundance with anglers reporting catches of some legal saugeye. The 2012 and 2013 year classes look strong.

Location: Lake Mattoon is located approximately twelve miles southwest of Mattoon and about 1.5 miles northwest of Neoga, in parts of Shelby, Coles, and Cumberland Counties.

Description: The lake covers 1050 surface acres with a maximum depth of 31 feet and average depth of 11.4 feet. Public boat launching facilities are available and the City of Mattoon (217-895-2922 or 234-3611) collects a boating access fee, which covers Lake Paradise as well. All tournaments must be scheduled through the City of Mattoon.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fish population in Lake Mattoon is intensively surveyed every two years, primarily by electrofishing. The fish are measured, weighed, and scales collected before releasing them alive. Hybrid striped bass, and saugeye, populations are being maintained by annual stockings. In addition to the species listed above, yellow bass, longear sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth, and yellow and black bullheads are present, but are seldom harvested by fishermen due to the small size attained by these species.

Additional Lake Information: Pole and line fishing only, with no more than two poles allowed per person, with only two hooks or lures per pole. After sunset the entire lake is no wake. Camping, a swimming beach, live bait, fishing tackle, ice, and drinks are available.

Contact Information:
Lake Mattoon Marina
217-895-2922 (winter: 217-234-3611)
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Jim Garavaglia
217-345-2420

There were 50 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 1
Channel Catfish 291
Largemouth Bass 1175

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

1     6.29 lbs
2     5.85 lbs
3     5.65 lbs
4     5.30 lbs
5     5.22 lbs

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

1 164.94 lbs
2 118.48 lbs
3 105.76 lbs
4 102.31 lbs
5 96.55 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
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
April-0626745ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-1326746ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-2026509ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
April-2026747ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-2726748ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-0126771ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
May-0426510ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
May-0426749ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-0826772ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
May-1126750ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-1526773ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
May-1826511ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
May-1826751ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-1926013ApprovedMarina boat
hook
17Largemouth Bass
No
May-2226774ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
May-2526752ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-2926775ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
June-0126512ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
June-0126753ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-0526776ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
June-0826754ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-1226777ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-1526513ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
June-1526755ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-1926778ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-2226756ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-2326014ApprovedMarina boat
hook
17Largemouth Bass
No
June-2626779ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-2926514ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
June-2926757ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-0326780ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-0626758ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-1026781ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-1326515ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
July-1326759ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-1726782ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-2026760ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-2126015ApprovedMarina boat
hook
17Largemouth Bass
No
July-2426783ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-2726516ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
July-2726761ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-3126784ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-0326762ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-0726785ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-1026517ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
August-1026763ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-1426786ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-1726764ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-2126787ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-2426518ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
August-2426765ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-2826788ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-3126766ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-0726519ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
September-0726767ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-1426768ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-2126520ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
September-2126769ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-2826770ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
October-0526521ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes