Choose another lake

SAM DALE LAKE


Lake Information

County: Wayne

Acreage: 194

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring




There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Good

Fewer bluegill were collected in 2021 at a rate of 57 per hour, comparable to the previous year. Bluegill quality essentially remained essentially the same. Fish over 6 inches comprised 36% of the sample. Body condition of bluegill was acceptable and easily within the management plan goal range.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

Five channel catfish were collected per hour in Sam Dale Lake during the 2021 survey, double the previous year. These fish ranged in size from 17 to 24 inches and displayed excellent body condition. Channel catfish are stocked annually to maintain the population.Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Largemouth bass were collected in Sam Dale Lake at a reduced rate of 122 per hour of electrofishing in fall 2021, and 58% were larger than 12 inches. Approximately 36% of these fish were also larger than the 14-inch minimum size limit. Body condition of Sam Dale largemouth bass was very good.

MUSKELLUNGE

Fair

A remnant population of pure muskellunge exists in Sam Dale Lake as a result of stockings related to a statewide research project. However, no muskies were collected during the fall 2019, fall 2020, or fall 2021 survey. Site Regulation: 48 inch length limit, 1 per day creel.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

Similar to the previous year, redear were much less abundant than bluegill in 2021, and just 6 were collected per hour of electrofishing. Quality of these fish is still very good, with 67% of the sampled population comprised of 8-inch fish . Redear body condition was slightly higher than bluegill and easily within the goal range.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Average

The white crappie population in Sam Dale Lake is normally stunted with many fish 6 to 9 inches in length range. The fall 2021 survey produced white crappie 7 to 11 inches in length with 41% larger than 8 inches and 16% over 10 inches . Crappie body condition was good and within management plan goal range.

Location: Sam Dale Lake is located in northwestern Wayne County within Sam Dale Lake State Park five miles northwest of Johnsonville, Illinois.

Description: Sam Dale Lake is a relatively fertile, 194-acre, IDNR-owned impoundment. The lake is largely surrounded by forest and has two boat ramps.

Additional Lake Information: Boats are allowed on the lake, but are limited to 10 horsepower.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 14 inch length limit, 6 fish daily limit.
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit.
Muskellunge: 48 inch length limit, 1 fish daily limit.

Contact Information:
Sam Dale State Park
618-835-2292
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732

There were 5 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 86

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

1     4.43 lbs
2     3.12 lbs
3     3.00 lbs
4     2.68 lbs
5     2.67 lbs

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

1 50.13 lbs
2 37.57 lbs
3 32.12 lbs
4 31.58 lbs
5 6.78 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?
March-0925576ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
March-2326850ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
April-2025425ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
May-0525380ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
July-1325433ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
July-13
*July-14
26501ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
12Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Yes
August-1125835ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
September-0125392ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-0726281ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
September-11
*September-22
25500ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
September-2825441ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-0526282ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No