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CITIZENS LAKE


Lake Information

County: Warren

Acreage: 26

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Good

In 2017, the black crappie population sampled in the fall electrofishing survey ranged in size from 6.3 to 9.8 inches in length and the body condition was average. No harvest or length limit is necessary at this time for the crappie population.

BLUEGILL

Average

The bluegill population sampled in the fall electrofishing survey is rated as average with the larger fish up to 7.0 inches in length. This population is of high density and in average body condition. Site regulation: 10 fish daily limit per angler.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

The channel catfish population was sampled in the fall electrofishing survey, and the current channel catfish population is rated as good with the larger fish up to 23 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in good body condition. Jake Wolf hatchery stocked 768 fish at 9.3 inches in 2017. An annual stocking of non-vulnerable channel catfish is scheduled for the future.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Improving

In 2017, a fall electrofishing survey was used to evaluate the fish population. The largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 6 to 18 inches in length with good average Relative weights. The bass population appears to be rebounding from the complete winter fish kill in 2013/2014. A very large year class was produced in the spring of 2014 and this group has reached the 14 to 16 inch size range.

RAINBOW TROUT

Good

In 2017, Crystal Lake hatchery stocked 747 rainbow trout in October. These fish are annually stocked for the catchable trout program. In 2017 they ranged from 9 to 12 inches in length.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

The redear sunfish population was sampled in the fall electrofishing survey. The current redear population is rated as good with the larger fish up to 9.5 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in good body condition. Site regulation: 10 fish daily limit per angler.

Location: Citizen’s Lake is located in Warren County at the west edge of Monmouth along U.S. Route 34.

Description: This small watershed impoundment of 26 acres is owned by the City of Monmouth and managed for fishing by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The lake has a south basin of 17.7 acres with a maximum depth of 33 feet and a north basin of 8.3 acres with maximum depth of 13 feet. The two basins are connected by a short channel that is spanned by a historic 1895 bridge. In 2016, the bridge was dedicated to Ken Russell the longtime IDNR District Fisheries biologist who helped relocate the bridge to Citizen’s Lake. Most of the 1.4 miles of shoreline is accessible to bank fishing. Boat ramps are available on both basins and a small trailer campground is situated near the north lake basin.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The lake and its sport fishery are evaluated annually by a fall electrofishing survey. This survey directs the fish stockings, fishing regulations and aquatic vegetation treatments. Since 1994, the water level at Citizen’s Lake has been drawn down 5.5 feet in early September as a major fish management practice. The annual fall drawndown increases the predation of small fish, which favors an increased rate of growth in both the predator and prey species.

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

Site Regulations:

Large or smallmouth bass: Protected slot length limit with 1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 5 fish less than 12 inches daily
Bluegill or redear sunfish: 10 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit



Recreational Use Restrictions:
- The use of gasoline motors to propel watercraft is not permitted, electric motors only.
- Swimming is not permitted.

Contact Information:
City of Monmouth Clerk’s Office:
309-734-2141
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Rob Hilsabeck
309-446-9143