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BANNER MARSH-SHOVEL LAKE


Lake Information

County: Fulton

Acreage: 200

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 25HP, No wake over 25HP

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes



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There are zebra mussels in this lake.


Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

25 stock size bluegill and 50 stock size redear sunfish were sampled in 2022. The population for both of these species has remained poor in size structure and body condition. The competition with the gizzard shad and carp have caused this growth slowdown.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair

No channel catfish were sampled in 2022 and 1 fish in 2021. No recent channel catfish stockings have occurred in Shovel Lake.

CRAPPIE

Average

The black crappie population was surveyed by 12 stock size fish in 2022. The PSD was 92, the the RSD9 was 50, the RSD10 was 17, and the RSD11 was 8. The body condition was average with a Wr value at 86. The black crappie population has been on a downward trend since 2019 in Shovel Lake. No white crappie were surveyed in 2022. This population is present in a very low density of quality fish. In 2018 the crappie harvest regulation changed to a harvest limit of 25 fish per day with only 10 fish over 10 inches allowed.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

In 2022, a spring trap net survey and a fall D.C. electrofishing survey was used to evaluate the fish population. The largemouth bass population was evaluated by 137 stock size bass from electrofishing with 60 minutes of effort. The largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 4.0 to 20 inches in length with good average Relative weights. In 2000, the bass regulation for the Marsh was changed from a 14 inch minimum size limit and 1 fish per day - to a 12 to 18 inch protected slot length with a harvest of 3 fish under or over the slot per day. The 2022 fall electrofishing survey indicated a size structure that is continuing to maintain a very good level and stability since 2004. The PSD of 69, the RSD14 of 45, the RSD16 of 31 and the RSD 18 of 18 were all very good. The goal of the protected slot length limit was to create a high density bass population that is composed of fish large enough to be efficient predators upon the high density of slow growing panfish and the rough fish population. The benefit to bass anglers will be more fish surviving past 14 inches to catch, and for anglers wanting to harvest bass will be the opportunity to harvest more fish.

MUSKELLUNGE

Good

The muskie population was sampled by a total of 12 stock size muskie by the spring of 2022 trap net survey (.8 fish per net night). These fish ranged from 33.2 to 42.7 inches long. The body condition of these fish was good with an average Wr of 101. The first stocking of 450 fish at 11 inches was in 1999. In 2000, a total of 200, 2001-600, 2002-200, 2003-200, 2004-0, and 200 annually from 2005 through 2014 at an average size of 11.2 inches were stocked. No muskie were stocked in 2015 or 2016. In 2017, 200 fish at 12.4 inches long were stocked. In 2021, 2,788 fish at 3 inches were stocked in June, and 240 fish at 13 inches were stocked in September. A triennial stocking is now scheduled to maintain a moderate density of healthy muskie. Illinois (Jake Wolf) muskie strain appear to be doing good in this lake. No muskie stocking occurred in 2020 due to COVID work restrictions effecting hatchery production.

Location: Located in Central Illinois, the 5,524 acre Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area lies adjacent to the Illinois River, 4 miles north of Banner, Illinois, along Route 24.

Description: Banner Marsh SFWA was characterized by narrow strip pits and upland ponds, but in 1994, the hydrology changed due to the intentional cessation of pumping operations in the levee district. The water level rose approximately 7 feet (435 M.S.L.) due mainly to groundwater recharge by seepage under the existing 1-100 year flood-tight levee with the Illinois River. The total surface water acreage for the site increased from 530 acres to approximately 2400 acres and created a large vegetated littoral zone.

Shovel Lake (approximately 200 acres) is the third largest water area at the site. It is a "T" shaped final cut lake with limited habitat in the boat ramp arm. The opposite arm which lies adjacent to the Copperas Creek levee, contains points, flooded brush, beaver lodges, and diverse aquatic vegetation. The water acreage added in 2001 consists of very large littoral zones around deep water pockets. The maximum water depth is 65.0 feet. The average water clarity in the summer is often over 12 feet.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The former bottomland lake and marsh was leveed and drained for agricultural practice from 1910 through 1958. From 1958 to1974 approximately 90 percent of the site was strip-mined for coal. The strip-mined areas have since been reclaimed and purchased by the State of Illinois. Under the management of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (1978 - present) the primary objective for the site is to establish a freshwater marsh providing fish and wildlife habitat in the Illinois River Valley.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 fish greater than or equal to 10 inches.
Large or Smallmouth Bass: Protected Slot Length Limit from 12 to 18 inches with 3 fish daily harvest limit.
Muskie: 42 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit.
Channel Catfish: 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye: 14 inch minimum and 6 fish daily Harvest Limit
'> 8 inch must be rigged with a quick set rig
-Waterfowl refuge or hunting area

The Bell's Landing access area has a concrete boat ramp, 25 vehicle and trailer parking lot and restrooms. The lake has a 25 h.p. motor limit. The site is open 24 hours a day, except for the Central Zone Duck Season, at which time only shoreline fishing is allowed after 1:00 p.m.

Two-pole and line fishing only except carp can be taken by bow and arrow devices, gigs or spears during May through August.

Site Regulations
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 fish greater than or equal to 10 inches.
Large or Smallmouth Bass: Protected Slot Length Limit from 12 to 18 inches with 3 fish daily harvest limit.
Muskie: 42 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit.
Channel Catfish: 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye: 14 inch minimum and 6 fish daily Harvest Limit

Contact Information:
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Site Office
309-647-9184
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Rob Hilsabeck
309-370-5296

There were 9 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 129

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

1     5.43 lbs
2     5.38 lbs
3     5.15 lbs
4     5.06 lbs
5     5.05 lbs

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

1 106.40 lbs
2 61.00 lbs
3 55.56 lbs
4 55.41 lbs
5 53.38 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-2025712ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
20Crappie
Yes
April-2026292ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-2026361ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-0426193ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-1825230ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-1925254ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
June-0225683ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
17Largemouth Bass
No
July-1026605ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-1726404ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-3125760ApprovedBanner Marsh Shovel Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No