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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


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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 (Wiper)

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.

Smallmouth bass

Poor

0.2 lbs

8

In order to improve the smallmouth bass fishery, the State Hatchery System stocked smallmouth bass in Clinton Lake from 2001 to 2012. The highest catch rate for smallmouth bass was obtained in the 2009 survey and numbers are declining since the stocking program was terminated.

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.

Detailed fishing report   

Fishing Report

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

7-01-2015

Crappie

Poor to Fair: Fish are biting in open water; in 12 to 17 feet of water near brush on minnows and jigs.

7-01-2015

Bluegill

Good: Anglers finding some fish in the coves and near the docks with red wigglers or wax worms.

7-01-2015

Largemouth bass

Fair to Good: Off points and near shoreline stumps, and downed trees with crankbaits and swim baits. White Bass are Fair to Good: hitting on spoons and twister tails. Striped Bass are Fair: at the Spillway on top with cut carp.

7-01-2015

Walleye

Poor: Trolling pencil baits and night crawlers.

7-01-2015

Channel catfish

Good: On almost all baits; cut bait, shad, liver, worms, and stink bait are the most popular up the creeks and in the canal. Also look for them along the shorelines at night.

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. The fish cleaning station at Weldon Access area has been permanently closed due to damage from vandalism.

Contact Information:
Site Office
217- 935-8722
IDNR Fisheries
217-784-4730