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Lake Information

County: DeWitt

Acreage: 4895

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 129.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

North Fork West Side Weldon Access DeWitt Bridge Marina Mascoutin Wetland Area Parnell Access Rt. 10 Shore Dam

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     Dam, DeWitt Bridge, Marina, Mascoutin State Park, North Fork,
     Parnell Access, Rt. 10 Shore, Weldon Access, West Side,
     Wetland Area

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Avg Wt.


Fish Status





In an attempt to improve the crappie fishery, blacknose crappie are stocked from on-site rearing ponds. During the most recent survey, the catch rate for black crappie was 13.6 black crappie per hour and the catch rate for white crappie was 61.4 per hour. There was a large increase in the number of white crappie in the recent survey. Clinton Lake is producing a tremendous crappie fishery.



1.9 lbs


Hybrid striped bass were first stocked in Clinton Lake in 1978. During the spring netting survey, hybrid striped bass were collected at an above-average rate and ranged in size from 15 inches to 26 inches. The heaviest hybrid weighed 11.68 pounds and the average weight was 3.94 pounds. Clinton Lake has an excellent hybrid striped bass fishery.



0.8 lbs


The most recent survey resulted in an above-average catch rate for this lake. The largest bass collected weighed 5.7 pounds. There are good numbers of larger bass in the lake, with 51% being over 12 inches in length and 33% over 15 inches. Clinton Lake has an excellent bass population.



0.9 lbs


The heaviest walleye collected weighed 5.63 pounds. Clinton Lake has a good walleye fishery.


Very Good

0.1 lbs


There were strong year classes in 2011 and 2014, which has produced a great white bass fishery. The catch rate in the most recent survey double the 4-survey average. The largest white bass collected weighed 1.6 pounds and the average weight was 0.5 pounds.

Fishing Report

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Location: Clinton Lake is located in DeWitt County 10 miles east of Clinton, IL.

Description: This 4,895-acre lake was constructed to serve as a cooling reservoir for the Clinton Nuclear Power Station. The lake has a maximum depth of 60 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. Clinton Lake is No Wake for all boats from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise with the exception of waterfowl hunters. Various portions of the lake are designated as no-wake, electric motor only, or no boat areas for safety and security reasons. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks. There are 17 Class AA campsites, 286 Class A campsites and 5 Class B/S campsites at Clinton Lake with showers and almost all are adaptable to either tents, trailers or motor homes. Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of the fisheries in Clinton Lake since the lake opened in 1979. The lake receives stockings of walleye, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish, and blacknose crappie.

Additional Lake Information: Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks.

Contact Information:
Site Office
217- 935-8722
IDNR Fisheries County Biologist:

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2016 — 2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Max Boats Public?
April-01, SatApril-02, Sun4685 Marina 80Yes
April-02, Sun4726 Marina 15No
April-09, Sun4419 Marina 50No
April-13, ThuApril-14, Fri5230 Marina 35No
April-15, Sat4694 Marina 30Yes
April-22, Sat4389 Marina 10No
April-22, Sat5046 Marina 15No
April-22, Sat5258 Marina 20No
April-23, Sun5242 Marina 40Yes
April-29, Sat4676 Marina 50Yes
April-29, Sat4727 Marina 19No
April-30, Sun4728 Marina 19No
April-30, Sun5136 Marina 15No
April-30, Sun5354 Marina 15No
May-06, Sat4646 Marina 30Yes
May-07, Sun4647 Marina 40Yes
May-13, Sat5110 Marina 20No
May-21, Sun4844 Marina 25No
May-21, Sun5243 Marina 40Yes
May-28, Sun4611 Marina 25Yes
June-04, Sun4413 Marina 25No
June-10, Sat5244 Marina 40Yes
June-17, Sat4677 Marina 50Yes
July-01, Sat5245 Marina 40Yes
July-22, Sat4706 Marina 30Yes
July-30, Sun4747 Marina 20No
August-05, Sat4678 Marina 50Yes
August-12, SatAugust-13, Sun5177 Marina 10No
August-12, Sat5246 Marina 40Yes
August-26, SatAugust-27, Sun5090 Marina 30Yes
September-23, Sat5029 Marina 15No
September-24, Sun5247 Marina 40Yes
October-08, Sun4679 Marina 50Yes