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Lake Information

County: Tazewell

Acreage: 2

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.



Fish Status



The current bluegill population is rated as good but still rebounding from a recent fish kill. The 2021 fish kill may have cropped off the top end fish as no bluegill over 8.5” were sampled. This population is in excellent body condition (109). Effective April 2021, a new bluegill regulation of 5 fish per day was set. The goal of this conservative regulation is to further push this already excellent bluegill population to even larger size classes.


Very Good

This population currently has fish ranging from 12 - 20 inches and receives annual stockings of channel catfish which should provide anglers with ample opportunity.



The largemouth bass population has restructured to a more balanced size structure after the 2021 fish kill. Currently 41.7 percent are above 12 inches and 16.7 percent are above 15 inches with a good body condition of 96. The collection rate was 196/hr. This high-density population is applying effective predation upon the panfish population.

Location: The Mackinaw Fish and Wildlife Area Ponds are located four miles northeast of Mackinaw, adjacent to the Mackinaw River, off Gresham Road.

Description: There are two ponds at Mackinaw Fish and Wildlife Are: one is 1.5 acres and the another is 1.0 acre. Maximum depth of these ponds is 12.5 feet. Both have limited access to bank fisherman due to willow growth along the banks.

Contact Information:
Mackinaw State Fish and Wildlife Area
15470 Nelson Rd, Mackinaw, IL 61755
IDNR Fisheries Biologist: Blake Bushman
(309) 435-1010