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Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 135

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No gas motors allowed

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The bluegill population is stunted and poor. No bluegill over 7 inches were collected in the 2023 spring survey.


Very Good

This lake has a very good common carp population. Carp over 10 pounds are present.



The channel catfish population is average. Ten channel catfish (15-25 inches) were collected in the 2023 spring survey. No channel catfish were stocked in 2023.



The crappie population is stunted but a few larger fish are present. Eighteen percent of the crappie collected in the 2023 spring survey were over 9 inches, and 8% were over ten inches. Both black and white crappie are present in the lake. Anglers are encouraged to harvest all crappie caught regardless of size to help thin out the population.



The largemouth bass population in this lake is average. During the 2023 spring electrofishing sample, largemouth bass were collected at a rate of 60 fish per hour. The ten-year average is 62 fish/hour. Of the 30 bass collected, 63% were over 15 inches, 30% were over 16 inches, and 13% were over 18 inches. Although anglers will typically not catch large numbers of bass in this lake, there are a few bigger bass present. The largest bass collected in the 2023 survey weighed 5.6 pounds. Site Regulations: Largemouth bass: 15" minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit.



No redear sunfish were collected in the 2023 spring survey. Redear sunfish have only been collected in 2 of the last 10 annual surveys.

Location: Carbondale City Reservoir is located in Jackson County on the south side of Carbondale at Evergreen Park.

Description: This 135-acre lake has a very shallow boat launch (no gas motors allowed). This lake is adjacent to Evergreen Park, which has a playground, restrooms, and a picnic area.

Additional Lake Information: No gas motors are allowed on Carbondale City Reservoir. Two pole and line fishing only. Bow fishing is not allowed at this site.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15" minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst