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Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 17

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? NO BOATS allowed

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

Bluegill were collected from Buckner Reservoir in 2021 at a rate of 88 per hour of electrofishing, with an increase in quality of these fish. Forty eight percent of bluegill were larger than 6 inches, and 37% were over 7 inches in length. Bluegill body condition was good.



Channel catfish are stocked in Buckner Reservoir every other year to help maintain the population.



Largemouth bass abundance in Buckner Reservoir in 2021 was 92/hr, and quality of these fish improved to within the management plan goal range. Fifty six percent of bass exceeded 12 inches in length and 17% of fish were sampled over the 15-inch minimum length limit. Bass body condition was slightly substandard and did not meet the goal.


Very Good

Redear abundance in Buckner Reservoir in spring 2021 was over double the previous year. The redear catch rate was 80 per hour, and these fish were all very good quality fish. 85% of the redear in the sample exceeded 6 inches in length, 25% exceeded 8 inches, and all fish collected displayed very good body condition.

Location: Buckner Reservoir is located just southeast of Buckner, Illinois and south of Route 14 in Franklin County.

Description: Buckner Reservoir is a relatively fertile, 17-acre, city-owned impoundment that is mostly surrounded by woods. It has a gravel ramp.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15 inch minimum length limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson