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GLADSTONE LAKE


Lake Information

County: Henderson

Acreage: 27

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric motors only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

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

BLACK CRAPPIE

Developing

In 2016, the black crappie population was sampled by one fish in the fall electrofishing survey. The fish was 9 inches long and in good body condition. A low density black crappie population is present at this time. No harvest or length limit is necessary at this time for the crappie population.

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population is rated as poor with the larger fish up to 7.0 inches in length. This population is of high density and in below-average body condition. Site Regulation: 10 fish daily harvest limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Developing

The channel catfish population was not sampled in the fall electrofishing survey. Jake Wolf Hatchery stocked 700 fish at 7 inches in 2016. An annual stocking of non-vulnerable channel catfish is scheduled for the future. Site Regulation: 6 Fish daily harvest limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Improving

In 2016, the largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 4 to 12 inches in length with just average relative weights. The bass population appears to be stunted with a high density of fish competing for space and food. A very large year class was produced in the spring of 2014 and 2015. The current bass regulation will remain in place for 2017. Anglers can, and hopefully will, harvest some of the bass under 12 inches in length. Site Regulation: 1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 2 fish less than 12 inches. 3 fish daily harvest limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Developing

No muskie were sampled in the fall electrofishing survey. Two female muskie at 33 inches in length were stocked into Gladstone Lake in the spring of 2016 by IDNR Fisheries. A low density of a female-only muskie population will be the goal for Gladstone Lake. A total density of less than 15 fish will be stocked over the next five years. Site Regulation: In 2017, the muskie harvest regulation was established at a 48 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Poor

The current redear population is rated as poor with the larger fish up to 8.0 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in below-average body condition. Site Regulation: 10 fish daily per angler.

Detailed fishing report   

Fishing Report

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

7-17-2017

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair: Fish being caught with dip bait, night crawlers, and leeches around the edges off the banks or from a boat and up creeks.

7-17-2017

BLUEGILL

Fair to Good: Using wax worms or night crawlers at Gladstone Lake near docks, weed patches, and weed lines.

Location: Gladstone Lake is located in Henderson County one mile southwest of the Village of Gladstone. Access to the lake is also off of U.S. Route 34, one mile to the north.

Description: This 32 acre small sanpit or watertable impoundment is owned and managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and is situated within a 87.5 acre site that in addition to fishing, offers primitive camping.

The lake has a maximum depth of 25 feet with the bottom contour very irregular due to a series of underwater ridges. The 1.5 miles of shoreline is accessible to bank fishing. A boat ramp is provided along the southeast shoreline.

Formation of Gladstone Lake started in 1910 and continued until 1947 as sand was dredged from the site to be used by steam locomotives as rail traction. In 1961, the site was purchased by the Illinois Department of Conservation and developed as a state park, known today as the Henderson County Conservation Area.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The historic flood of 2008 on the Mississippi River inundated Gladstone Lake and contaminated it with undesirable, non-sportfish. Within a four year period, the introduced fish had resulted in a very poor quality sport fishery. In 2012, the lake was rehabilitated with a fish toxicant to remove the undesirable fish and then restocked in 2012 and 2013.

The lake and its sport fishery are evaluated annually.

Additional Lake Information: All fish: 2 pole and line fishing only. A boat ramp is available for boat anglers. The use of gasoline motors to propel watercraft is not permitted, electric motors only.

Site Regulations:

Muskie: 48 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit.
Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass: 1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 2 fish less than 12 inches. 3 fish daily harvest limit.
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 10 fish daily harvest limit.
Channel or Blue Catfish: 6 Fish daily harvest limit.

Contact Information:
Big River State Park:
309-374-2496
IDNR District Fisheries Biologist:
309-446-9143