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STOREY, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Knox

Acreage: 133

Shoreline Length: 5.8 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Average

The current bluegill population is rated as average with the larger fish up to 7.5 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in average body condition.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

The current channel catfish population is rated as good with the larger fish up to 26 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in good body condition. Jake Wolf Hatchery stocked 1500 fish at 7 inches in 2016. An annual stocking of non-vulnerable channel catfish has occurred in the recent past. These stockings have established a population with anticipated high angler harvest pressure.

CRAPPIE

Average

The white and black crappie populations have been an average rating in recent years. The black crappie population has become the dominant species. Anglers can continue to apply harvest pressure upon the dense black crappie population.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Average

The largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 4 to 14 inches in length with good average Relative weights. A new bass regulation went into effect in 2017. The goal of the protected slot length limit is to create a high density bass population that is composed of fish large enough to be efficient predators upon the panfish population. The benefit to bass anglers will be more fish surviving past 15 inches to catch, and for the anglers wanting to harvest bass will be the opportunity to still harvest fish under 12 inches. Site Regulation: In 2017, the bass regulation for Lake Storey was changed to a protected slot length limit from 12 to 18 inches with 3 fish daily harvest limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Average

Muskie sampled in the spring 2016 survey ranged from 31.5 to 42.5 inches long. The body condition of these fish was low. A moderate density of quality-size muskie are present. 43 muskie have been recaptured with PIT tag data from Lake Storey since 2002. The 2014 recapture growth rate for a male over 10 years old was .21 inches and .26 lbs per year, and the growth rate for 2 females over 10 years old was 1.1 inches and 1.40 lbs per year. Jake Wolf stocked 136 muskie at 10.75 inches in 2016. A annual stocking is now scheduled to maintain a moderate density of healthy muskie.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

The current redear population is rated as average with the larger fish up to 10.4 inches in length. This population is of low density and in good body condition

WALLEYE

Good

The current walleye population is rated as good with the larger fish up to 27 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in average body condition. Jake Wolf hatchery stocked 6696 fish at 1.5 inches long in 2016.

Location: Lake Storey is located in Knox County at the northwest edge of Galesburg with access to the lake off of U.S. Route 150.

Description: Lake Storey is a medium-sized watershed type impoundment owned by the City of Galesburg and managed for fishing by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Lake Storey is 132.5 acres in size and has a maximum depth of 32 feet. It has a shoreline length of 5.8 miles and is 1.5 miles in length from east to west. A boat ramp and parking lot is provided on each end of the lake. Other facilities provided at Lake Storey Park include: camping, swimming, golf, picnic areas and a 2.65 mile paved trail.

Lake Storey was constructed in 1928-29 by the Atchison, Topeka and Sante Fe Railroad as their water supply reservoir. In 1952, the lake and surrounding land was gifted to the City of Galesburg for the development of Lake Storey Park.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The waterlevel at Lake Storey is drawn down annually 5 to 6 feet in early September as a major fish management practice. The annual fall drawdown increases the predation of small fish, which enhances the growth rates of both predator and prey species.

Additional species found in low density include carp, golden shiners, green sunfish and yellow bullhead.

Additional Lake Information: All fish: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Recreational Use Restrictions:
- All live bait greater than 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig.
- No gas motors to propel watercraft; electric motors only.
-Swimming is permitted only in designated area when lifeguard is on duty.

Site Regulation:
Large or Smallmouth Bass: Protected Slot Length Limit from 12 to 18 inches with 3 fish daily harvest limit.
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 5 fish Daily Harvest Limit.
Pure Muskellunge: 42 inch minimum length limit with 1 fish daily harvest limit.
Channel Catfish or Blue Catfish: 6 fish daily harvest limit.
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye: 3 fish daily harvest limit.

Contact Information:
Galesburg Park District:
309-345-3630
IDNR District Fisheries Biologist:
309-446-9143

2018 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
August-268372West boat
hook
14Largemouth Bass
No