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ARGYLE LAKE


Lake Information

County: McDonough

Acreage: 93

Average Depth: 16.01 feet

Shoreline Length: 4.7 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unlimited

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall


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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 bluegill population was sampled by 98 fish in spring trapnets and 150 fish in fall electrofishing survey. The current bluegill population is rated as average with the larger fish up to 8.0 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in average body condition. The competition with the gizzard shad has reduced the bluegill condition and growth.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

The channel catfish population was sampled by 12 fish in spring trapnets and 57 fish in fall electrofishing survey. The current channel catfish population is rated as excellent with the larger fish up to 25 inches in length. This population is of high density and in good body condition. Jake Wolf hatchery stocked 1,500 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 high density population, and the stocking can be adjusted to an every other year stocking starting in 2017. No channel catfish were stocked in 2017.

CRAPPIE

Average

The white and black crappie populations have been an average rating in recent years. In 2017, the crappie regulation was changed from a 9 inch minimum length limit and 10 fish daily harvest limit, to a 25 fish daily harvest limit with no more than 10 fish greater than or equal to 10 inches. The goal of the new regulation is to allow the harvest of more of the slower-growing black crappie, while maintaining and promoting the population structure of crappie over 10 inches in length.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

In 2017, spring trapnetting and fall D.C. electrofishing were used to survey the fish population. The largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 2.5 to 18.5 inches in length with good average Relative weights. In 2017, the bass regulation for Argyle Lake was changed from a 1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 5 fish less than 12 inches daily, to a protected slot length limit from 14 to 18 inches with 3 fish daily harvest limit. The goal of the new bass regulation is to increase the density of the bass population from 14 to 18 inches and create a high density bass population that is composed of fish large enough to be efficient predators upon the panfish and gizzard shad 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 14 inches.

MUSKELLUNGE

Developing

A total of 5 muskie were sampled by the spring trapnet survey and 1 in the fall electrofishing survey in 2017. These fish ranged from 15 to 43.1 inches long. The body condition of these fish was very good. A low density of quality size muskie are present. Jake Wolf stocked 93 muskie at 12.5 inches in 2017. A annual stocking is now scheduled to maintain a low density of healthy muskie. In 2017, the muskie harvest regulation was changed from the statewide 1 fish daily harvest at a 36 inch minimum size, to a 42 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit. The goal of the new regulation is to protect the fish for at least 1 more year from angler harvest.

RAINBOW TROUT

Good

In 2017, Crystal Lake hatchery stocked 6,640 rainbow trout on 10/2017. These fish are annually stocked for the catchable trout program. The fall electrofishing survey collected 24 of these fish and they ranged from 9 to 12 inches in length.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

The redear sunfish population was sampled by 4 fish in spring trapnets and 2 fish in fall electrofishing survey. The current redear population is rated as average with the larger fish up to 10.5 inches in length. This population is of very low density and in very good body condition.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Good

The saugeye population was sampled by 17 fish in spring trapnets and 12 fish in the fall electrofishing survey. The current saugeye population is rated as good with the larger fish up to 28 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in good body condition. Lasalle hatchery stocked 5,720 fish at 2.5 inches long in 2017.

Location: Argyle Lake is situated within the 1,740 acre Argyle Lake State Park and is located one mile north of Colchester in McDonough County with access off of County Highway 8.

Description: Argyle Lake is 92.7 acres in size and has a maximum depth of 34.6 feet. The shoreline length is 5.5 miles and a centerline length of slightly over 1 mile. The lake basin is steep-sided, except in the upper two arms where sedimentation has created a flat, shallow bottom. A boat ramp, concession building and boat rentals are located in the northwest arm of the lake. Other facilities provided at Argyle Lake State Park include: camping, picnic areas and hiking trails.

Argyle Lake was constructed in 1949 with funding from the licensed anglers of the state of Illinois.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The lake and its sport fishery are evaluated annually by spring trapnetting and fall electrofishing surveys. These surveys direct the fish stockings, fishing regulations and vegetation treatments.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig. A boat ramp, concession building and boat rentals are located in the northwest arm of the lake. Other facilities provided at Argyle Lake State Park include: camping, picnic areas and hiking trails.

Fishing Regulations:

White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 fish greater than or equal to 10 inches.
Large or Smallmouth Bass: Protected Slot Length Limit from 14 to 18 inches with 3 fish daily harvest limit.
Muskie: 42 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit.
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Channel Catfish: 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Hybrid Walleye: 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit

Contact Information:
Argyle Lake State Park:
(309) 776-5267
IDNR Fisheries District Fish Biologist:
(309) 446-9143

There were 2 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 53

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     4.60 lbs
2     3.76 lbs
3     3.40 lbs
4     3.11 lbs
5     2.15 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     67.06 lbs
2     16.26 lbs