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Lake Information

County: Randolph

Acreage: 21

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring

Maps are not intended for navigation.

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Derby Lake contains mainly smaller fish with a few bluegill over 7 inches. Site Regulation: 15 fish daily limit.



Derby Lake is stocked annually with channel catfish. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.


Very Good

The majority of the crappie are white crappie. Fish over ten inches are present. Site Regulation: 10 fish daily limit, 10" minimum length limit.



Derby Lake also has a nice population of bass. Bass up to 18 inches and weighing 3.5 pounds have been collected in previous Derby Lake surveys. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 18" minimum length limit.



Derby Lakes has spring and fall trout seasons

Location: The World Shooting Complex is located approximately 5 miles north of Sparta in Randolph County.

Description: The site contains three lakes totaling 170 acres: East Lake, 134 acres; Derby Lake, 21 acres; and RV Lake, 15 acres. Derby and East Lakes have concrete boat ramps and ample parking, while RV Lake has no boat ramp, but plenty of shoreline access for anglers. There is a 10 hp boat motor limit for the largest lake (East Lake) while the other lakes are trolling motors only.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of the shooting complex lakes since they opened to public fishing in 2008. Rainbow trout are stocked in the spring and fall at Derby Lake. East and Derby Lakes contain a diverse fishery comprising over 20 species of fish, while RV Lake contains primarily sport fishes.

For information on the other bodies of water at the World Shooting Complex:

East Lake

R.V. Lake

Additional Lake Information: There is a 10hp boat motor limit East Lake, while the other lakes are trolling motors only. 2 line and pole fishing only. Bowfishing is allowed. Swimming, wading, and waterskiing are prohibited.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 1 fish daily limit; 18" minimum length limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Bluegill or redear: 15 fish daily limit
White, black and hybrid crappie: 10 fish daily limit, 10" minimum length limit

Contact Information:
World Shooting Complex
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Eric Ratcliff