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Lake Information

County: Henry

Acreage: 50

Shoreline Length: 1.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No Motors

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Maps are not intended for navigation.

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Black and White crappie were collected at a 50/50 rate in 2018. Sample numbers were too low to calculate population characteristics. The Crappie population at Johnson Sauk trail has be a typical cyclic population of 3-5 years.



Largemouth bass were captured at a rate of 158 fish per hour of electrofishing. 3% of the Largemouth bass sampled were 14 inches or larger. The Largemouth bass population continues to have a good population structure that will provide for quality fishing with a chance for a trophy size class fish.



Muskie will be stocked every third year starting in 2016. The 2018 sample had over 50 % of the sample greater than the minimum length limit of 36 inches.

Location: Johnson Sauk Trail Lake is located in Henry County 5 miles north of Kewane off Illinois Route 78.

Description: Johnson Sauk Trail is a 58 surface acre impoundment with a maximum depth of 23 feet and an average depth of 8.2 feet. The lake was built in 1949 and finished in 1955. The lake was opened to fishing in 1957. It has a watershed of 876.1 acres. Boating is allowed with electric trolling motors only. The lake has one paved boat ramp and parking lot. Part of the shoreline is ADA accessible.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Johnson Sauk Trail receives an annual stocking of Channel catfish at a rate of 35 per acre. Muskie are stocked every three years at a rate of 1 per acre.

Additional Lake Information: Electric trolling motors only.

Contact Information:
Johnson Sauk Trail State
28616 Sauk Trail Road, Kewanee Il 61443
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels

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2019 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
October-2612653PendingJohnson Sauk Main Ramp bank
0Common Carp