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CLINTON LAKE


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


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
     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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Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

CRAPPIE

Excellent

N/A

N/A

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.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Excellent

1.9 lbs

16

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.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

0.8 lbs

12

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.

WALLEYE

Good

0.9 lbs

14

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

WHITE BASS

Very Good

0.1 lbs

7

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.

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:
217-784-4730

2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Public?
March-116144Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
March-256134Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
25Crappie
Yes
March-266236Marina boat
hook
15Crappie
No
April-01April-024685Marina boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-024726Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-085475Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
April-08April-096145Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
April-094419Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-095632Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
April-095712Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No
April-13April-145230Marina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-154694Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-224389Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-225046Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-225258Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-22April-235476Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
10Multiple SpeciesNo
April-225605Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-226106Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-235242Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-235485Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-236476Marina boat
hook
3Largemouth Bass
No
April-294676Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-294727Marina boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-305136Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-305354Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-305512Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Yes
May-046511Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-064646Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-06May-076146Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
May-074647Marina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-076154Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-116512Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-135110Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-135530Weldon Access boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-136433Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-186513Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-214844Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-215243Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-256514Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-284611Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-286155Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-016515Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-035853Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
June-03June-046147Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
June-044413Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
June-045462Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
June-046100Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
June-086516Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-105244Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-156518Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-174677Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-226519Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-255468West Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-255838West Side boat
hook
5Largemouth Bass
No
June-296520Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-015245Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-01July-026148Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
July-066521Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-136522Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-206523Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-224706Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Yes
July-276524Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-304747Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-036525Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-054678Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-056210Marina boat
hook
10Smallmouth Bass
No
August-106526Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-12August-135177Marina boat
hook
10Multiple SpeciesNo
August-125246Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-12August-136149Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
August-166416Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
August-176527Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-206156Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-246528Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-26August-275090Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-316529Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-105500Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
September-105827West Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-106157Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-16September-175981Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
No
September-235029Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-23September-246150Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
September-245247Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-306498Marina boat
hook
30Crappie
Yes
October-075951Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-084679Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-085545Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-14October-155812Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No