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Lake Information

County: Madison

Acreage: 18

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? NO BOATS allowed

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

  Trout stocked in fall

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status


Very Good

Black crappie were collected in good numbers (CPUE of 18) in 2020. The black crappie collected were of very desirable size.



The bluegill population has never been great in this lake and does not appear to be improving. The numbers are lower in this year’s survey but the size quality and condition are poor.


Very Good

The largemouth bass numbers are up in this survey, with a CPUE (#/hr) of 128. The bass collected showed a good length distribution. A good forage base of gizzard shad and small sunfish help to support a quality largemouth bass fishery. This population should provide good shoreline fishing opportunities for anglers of this public lake with easy access.



The redear sunfish numbers are higher than the previous surveys.

Location: Highland Old City Lake is located in Madison County, Highland, IL.

Description: This is an 18 acre public lake located at Silver Lake Park. The lake has good shoreline access.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Both bass and bluegill are present in good numbers in this lake. The bluegill quality is poor but quality sized largemouth bass are present. The lake also provides a good fishery for additional species including crappie, channel catfish, common carp, and redear sunfish. I am satisfied with the current status of this fishery and feel it should provide good opportunities for anglers of all skill levels for multiple species. Channel catfish stockings for this lake have been reduced to every other year unless hatchery production increases. The supplemental stocking of rainbow trout continues to provide an additional angling opportunity at this lake.

Contact Information:
Highland Parks
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Eric Ratcliff