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Lake Information

County: Bureau

Acreage: 14

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Yes

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status


Very Good

A total of 91 Bluegill were sampled in 2022. The Bluegill population has really changed since historic nocturnal survey. Most notably is the numbers of fish over 6 inches and the increase in trophy 8-10 inches sized fish. These changes could possibly be due to the changes in the Largemouth Bass population.



A total of 121 Largemouth Bass were sampled in 2022. The CPUE of 242 fish/hr is similar to historical DC nocturnal electrofishing samples. Osprey has a very strong class of fish in the 8-12 inch group.



A total of 17 Redear sunfish were collected in 2022, which is similar to the 2019 survey. Size distribution is excellent with fish up to 9 inches sampled. Redear sunfish are not commonly sampled at high rates in most lakes due to habitat preferences.

Location: Osprey Lake is located just south of Sheffield or 3 miles west of Buda, within the Mautino State Fish and Wildlife Area.

Description: Osprey Lake was created by strip-mining in the 1950s. The lake did not open to the public until 1994 because of lack of roads and restroom facilities. Osprey Lake has 14.1 surface acres of water. A single lane concrete boat ramp with car/trailer parking is available.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fishery is managed by species-specific surveys and fish stocking. Osprey Lake receives an annual stocking of Redear sunfish.

Additional Lake Information: All Fish: 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only
Large or Smallmouth Bass: 1 fish daily limit (14˝ minimum length limit)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 10 fish daily limit (no minimum length limit)
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit (no minimum length limit)
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye: Statewide regulations
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: No daily limit (no minimum length limit)

Contact Information:
Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
16006-875 E St. Sheffield IL 61361
IDNR Fisheries Biologist: David Wyffels