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Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 25

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Bluegill numbers in Christopher Old City Lake were collected at a significantly higher rate of 972 per hour of electrofishing, and fish smaller than 6 inches in length were still the majority. Bluegill body condition remained stable well within the acceptable range. It is hoped that a stronger largemouth bass population (via recent implementation of more restrictive bass harvest regulations and bass stockings) will also improve quality of bluegill.



Channel catfish (48 per hour) were included in the 2021 Christopher Old City Lake sample, and these fish ranged from 10 to 19 inches in length with good body condition. The Christopher Old City Lake channel catfish population is maintained via supplemental stockings every other year.



The 2021 survey of Christopher Old City Lake produced drastically increased number of largemouth bass (108 per hour of electrofishing) compared to the previous year, and quality declined slightly. Twenty nine percent of bass were larger than the 15-inch miminum length limit, and 15% sampled fish were larger than 18 inches. Bass body condition was good, but evidence of natural reproduction was still lacking. Bass fingerlings have been stocked three times in the last five years to boost the population.

Location: Christopher Old City Lake is a very fertile, shallow, 20-acre, city-owned impoundment located just northwest of Christopher, Illinois and north of Route 14 in Franklin County.

Description: Christopher Old City Lake is mostly surrounded by woods and has a gravel ramp.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15" minimum length limit; 3 fish per day daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 per day creel limit.

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson