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BURNING STAR STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA - LONG LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 42

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No gas motors

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No




There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population is stunted and poor. Only 17% percent of the bluegill collected in the 2022 spring survey were over 7 inches. No bluegill over 8 inches were collected. Site regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

The channel catfish population is average at best. Two channel catfish (12-18 inches) were collected in the 2022 spring survey. No channel catfish have been stocked by IDNR in this lake. Site regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Average

Blazer Lake has an average crappie population consisting of both black and white crappie. Of the 17 crappie collected in the 2022 spring electrofishing survey, 41% were over nine-inches in length and 29% were over 10 inches in length. One white crappie over 12 inches was collected. Site regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The largemouth bass population in this lake is good. During the 2022 spring electrofishing sample, of the 41 bass collected, 44% were over 15 inches, 27% were over 16 inches, and 10% were over 18 inches. The largest bass collected in the 2022 survey weighed 5.3 pounds. Site regulation: 5 fish under 14” and 1 over 18” daily creel limit; 14-18 inch protected slot (no possession).

REDEAR SUNFISH

Poor

No redear sunfish were collected in the 2022 spring survey. Site regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

Location: Long Lake is located in Jackson County at the Burning Star State Fish and Wildlife Area just east of DeSoto, IL.

Description: There are no facilities or boats ramps at this 42 acre lake. All fishing at Long Lake and the entire site is closed from November 1 through the end of February. There is a gravel road down to a gate on the NW portion of this lake. This is private property, please do not park and/or attempt to access Long Lake from this private property. No gas boat motors are allowed to operate at this site.

Additional Lake Information: No gas boat motors are allowed to operate at this site.
CLOSED FISHING SEASON – No fishing from November 1 through the end of February. 2 pole and line fishing only. Bowfishing is allowed.

Site Regulations:

Largemouth Bass: 5 fish under 14” and 1 over 18” daily creel limit; 14-18 inch protected slot (no possession)
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Crappie: 25 fish daily limit
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 25 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Burning Star State Fish and Wildlife Area
618-521-8873
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-559-5009