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JOHNSON LAKE-BANNER MARSH


Lake Information

County: Peoria

Acreage: 600

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 25hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 8"

657

2018

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 4 "

24352

2019

Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 12"

560

2019

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 4 "

24000


Additional information for stocking on JOHNSON LAKE-BANNER MARSH


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The current bluegill condition is of a poor state with a poor growth rate. The competition with the gizzard shad and carp have maintained this growth slowdown.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

The channel catfish population was sampled by 2 fish in 2019. These fish ranged in size from 15.5 to 21.8 inches and were in excellent body condition. A low density population is present and an annual stocking of 500 to 600 fish is scheduled. In 2011, 612 fish were stocked at 8 to 10 inches long. 684 fish were stocked in 2012, 527 in 2013 and 800 in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 513 fish were stocked in 2017. 657 fish were stocked in 2018. And 560 fish were stocked in 2019.

CRAPPIE

Average

In 2019, 7 stock size black crappie were sampled with a PSD of 100, RSD9 of 43. 2 white crappie were sampled with a PSD of 100, RSD9 of 100 and RSD10 of 100. Both species had average WR values of 84 and 90. The body condition of both populations had decreased over the last 6 years. In 2018 the crappie harvest regulation changes to a harvest limit of 25 fish per day with only 10 fish over 10 inches allowed. Anglers should be able to concentrate on crappie with the flooded brush providing excellent habitat.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

In 2019, spring trapnetting and fall D.C. electrofishing were used to survey the fish population. The largemouth bass population was evaluated by 76 bass from electrofishing with 76 minutes of effort. The largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 5 to 19 inches in length with good average Relative weights. In 2000, the bass regulation for the Marsh was changed from a 14 inch minimum size limit and 1 fish per day - to a 12 to 18 inch protected slot length with a harvest of 3 fish under or over the slot per day. The 2019 electrofishing survey indicated a size structure that has maintained a consistent level since 2007. The PSD of 75, RSD14 of 55, RSD16 of 30 and the RSD18 of 8 are very good and consistent over the past four years. The average body condition was at a Wr of 91 and the growth rate was good.

MUSKELLUNGE

Very Good

A total of 43 stock size muskie were sampled by the spring trapnet survey in 2019 and 4 in the fall electrofishing survey. These fish ranged from 30.8 to 47.5 inches long. The body condition of these fish was good with an average Wr of 93. In 2001, a total of 2,174 muskie at an average size of 11.4 inches were stocked, in 2002, 725 muskie at an average size of 10.9 inches were stocked and in 2003, 1333 muskie at an average size of 10 inches were stocked into Johnson Lake. No muskie were stocked in 2004, but 600 at 10 inches long were annually from 2005 through 2014. No muskie were stocked in 2015 or 2016. In 2017, 602 fish at 12.4 inches were stocked. A triennial stocking is now scheduled to maintain a moderate density of healthy muskie.

WALLEYE

Average

The walleye population trapnet sampling in 2019 resulted in 11 total fish in 12 net nights of effort (.9 fish per net night). These fish ranged from 22 to 25.5 inches long. The body condition of these fish was very good at an average Wr of 102. At this time the stocking of 2 inch walleye may have variable recruitment to the lake’s walleye population. Several factors have probably contributed to this variability. They include: the increased density and size structure of the bass population and the esocid population, and the small size of the walleye being stocked. The bass in particular, and maybe the esocids are probably out competing and also eating the small walleye being stocked. In 1997 and 1995, 4 inch walleye were stocked and in 2000, 316 walleye at an average size of 8 inches were stocked into Johnson Lake from the site rearing ponds. The survival of these fish should be very good, but the numbers are limited. No walleye stocking occurred in 2011 due to a shortage from the state hatchery system. In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 over 19,000 walleye at 1.25 to 2 inches were stocked each year. In 2016 through 2019, over 24,000 walleye at 1.8 inches were stocked each year.

Location: Located in Central Illinois, the 5,524 acre Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area lies adjacent to the Illinois River, 4 miles north of Banner, Illinois, along Route 24.

Description: Banner Marsh SFWA was characterized by narrow strip pits and upland ponds, but in 1994, the hydrology changed due to the intentional cessation of pumping operations in the levee district. The water level rose approximately 7 feet (435 M.S.L.) due mainly to groundwater recharge by seepage under the existing 1-100 year flood-tight levee with the Illinois River. The total surface water acreage for the site increased from 530 acres to approximately 2400 acres and created a large vegetated littoral zone.

Johnson Lake is the largest lake in the Banner Marsh SFWA at over 600 surface acres. It is composed of a maze of final cut lakes interconnected by ditches to large shallow pond areas. The shallow areas (less than 6 feet) compose approximately 400 acres of flooded brush and diverse aquatic vegetation. The maximum water depth is 64.0 feet. Water clarity often exceeds 8 feet in the summer.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The former bottomland lake and marsh was leveed and drained for agricultural practice from 1910 through 1958. From 1958 to1974 approximately 90 percent of the site was strip-mined for coal. The strip-mined areas have since been reclaimed and purchased by the State of Illinois. Under the management of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (1978 - present) the primary objective for the site is to establish a freshwater marsh providing fish and wildlife habitat in the Illinois River Valley.

For fishing reports: Banner Marsh Ponds

For other lakes in the Banner Marsh SFWA:

Wheel Lake
Shovel Lake

Additional Lake Information: The main access area has a concrete boat ramp, 50 vehicle and trailer parking lot, restrooms and a handicap accessible fishing pier. The lake has a 25 HP motor limit. The site is open 24 hours a day, except for the Central Zone Duck Season, at which time only shoreline fishing is allowed after 1:00 p.m.

Two-pole and line fishing only except carp can be taken by bow and arrow devices, gigs or spears during May through August.

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 12 to 18 inches with 3 fish daily harvest limit.
Muskie:
- 42 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit.
Channel Catfish:
- 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
Walleye:
- 14 inch minimum and 6 fish daily Harvest Limit
Recreational Use Restrictions:
-All live bait > 8 inch must be rigged with a quick set rig
-Waterfowl refuge or hunting area

Contact Information:
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area:
309-647-9184
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Rob Hilsabeck
309-446-9143

There were 26 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 792
Muskellunge 1
Smallmouth Bass 51

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2019 tournaments:

1     6.44 lbs
2     6.25 lbs
3     6.21 lbs
4     6.19 lbs
5     5.75 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2019 tournaments:

1 297.35 lbs
2 280.31 lbs
3 212.10 lbs
4 132.38 lbs
5 115.62 lbs


Multiple day tournaments are listed with * end date.

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2020 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
April-0514254ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0215086ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1714002ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-1816149ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-3114425ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-06
*June-07
14292ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
20Muskellunge
NoYes
June-1116234PendingBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1314187ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1814272ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2916152ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1615133ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1815903ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
August-0214053ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0815440ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0913906ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1016155ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2314498ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-3013964ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1914264ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2614070ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1114619ApprovedBanner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
NoNo