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Lake Information

County: Saline

Acreage: 105

Average Depth: 12.6 feet

Shoreline Length: 2.7 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Maps are not intended for navigation.

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Good numbers of crappie are frequently reported from anglers at Jones Lake. Crappie collected in surveys ranged in size from 6 to 12 inches. Anglers should expect good results around fallen trees on the south side of the lake and around fish attractors placed on the north side of the lake.


Very Good

High densities of largemouth bass tend to maintain quality populations of sunfish in Jones Lake. Keeper-sized bluegill are between 6.5 and 7.5 inches, with some individuals reaching 8 inches. Fishing for sunfish is expected to be good to excellent.



Catfish collected during population surveys range in size from 12 to 18 inches. The channel catfish population is enhanced by frequent stocking of non-vulnerable channel catfish. As a result excellent fishing opportunities are expected at Jones Lake. Site Regulation: Six fish per day creel limit.


Very Good

In the late 1990s a slot size limit of 14 to 18 inches was implemented to address an over abundance of bass less than 14 inches in total length. The slot limit regulation requires anglers to harvest 5 fish under 14 inches and only one fish greater than 18 inches. All bass between the slot size limit of 14 to 18 inches must be released immediately. The average catch per unit of effort of electro fishing for bass in recent years is 133 fish per hour. Survey results indicate largemouth bass range in size from 4 to 18 inches. The vast majority of bass in Jones Lake still remain under 14 inches, and anglers are encouraged to harvest fish 14 inches or less to help improve largemouth bass growth rates. Fishing for largemouth bass less than 14 inches is expected to be excellent. Fishing for bass greater than 14 inches should be fair as average percent of stock size fish greater than 14 inches is 12. Site Regulation: 5 fish daily limit under 14"; one fish daily limit greater than 18".

Location: Glen O Jones Lake is located in the Saline County Fish and Wildlife Area about 5 miles southwest of Equality in southeastern Illinois.

Description: This site contains 1,248 acres including the lake, which is approximately 105 acres. Glen O Jones Lake has a shoreline distance of 2.7 miles and a maximum depth of 33 feet. Anglers can fish from shore or boat as the site has two fishing piers, ample shoreline access and a newly updated boat ramp.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Sportfish populations found in Glen O Jones Lake include largemouth bass, black crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish.

Additional Lake Information: Glen O Jones Lake has a two pole and line fishing regulation and a 10 horsepower or less outboard motor restriction.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 5 fish daily limit under 14"; one fish daily limit greater than 18"
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst