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Lake Information

County: DeWitt

Acreage: 4895

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 129.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

North Fork West Side Weldon Access DeWitt Bridge Marina Mascoutin Wetland Area Parnell Access Rt. 10 Shore Dam

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     Dam, DeWitt Bridge, Marina, Mascoutin State Park, North Fork,
     Parnell Access, Rt. 10 Shore, Weldon Access, West Side,
     Wetland Area

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Maps are not intended for navigation.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



In an attempt to improve the crappie fishery, blacknose crappie are stocked from on-site rearing ponds. During the most recent survey, the catch rate for black crappie was 13.1 black crappie per hour and the catch rate for white crappie was 18.8 per hour. The blacknose crappie catch rate was 6.1 per hour. Clinton Lake is producing a tremendous crappie fishery. Fishing Regulation: 15 fish daily limit, 9" length limit.



Hybrid striped bass were first stocked in Clinton Lake in 1978. During the spring netting survey, hybrid striped bass were collected at a rate of 2.4 per net. This was a large reduction in catch rate. The recent high water events at Clinton Lake allow the hybrids to escape over the spillway. Fortunately there is an annual stocking of hybrid striped bass that will quickly improve this fishery. The 6-survey average is 17.2 hybrids per net. The hybrid striped bass ranged in size from 14.5 inches to 27 inches. The heaviest hybrid weighed 13.84 pounds and the average weight was 5.54 pounds. Clinton Lake has a good hybrid striped bass fishery. Fishing Regulation: 10 fish daily limit, only 3 fish can be over 17".



The most recent survey resulted in a catch rate of 88.9 bass per hour. The average catch rate for the past 6 surveys is 86.5 bass per hour. The largest bass collected weighed 5.4 pounds. There are good numbers of larger bass in the lake, with 57% being over 12 inches in length and 32% over 15 inches. Clinton Lake has an excellent bass population. Fishing Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 16" length limit.



The catch rate for walleye during the most recent survey was 2.4 walleye per hour. The 6-survey average is 6.1 walleye per hour. Of the walleye collected over 10 inches, 74% were longer than 15 inches and 53% were longer than 20 inches. Clinton Lake has a good walleye fishery. Fishing Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit. (effective 4/1/17)



There were strong year classes in 2011, 2014, and 2015, which has produced a great white bass fishery. The catch rate in the most recent survey was 11.5 white bass per hour. The 6-survey average is 21.4 white bass per hour. The white bass fishery should be good in 2017. Fishing Regulation: 10 fish daily limit, only 3 fish can be over 17".

Detailed fishing report   

Fishing Report






Good: Cooler temperatures are improving fishing success! They are biting in the cooler end on minnows; a few still jigging, chartreuse is a good color. most using 1/16 jig head in shallow water levels off the banks. 7 to 8 inch sized fish being caught so far.



Good: Lots of wax worms selling at the bait shop. Toss a wax worm or red worm near the docks, weed patches, or downed brush.



Barely Fair: Just a few Striped Bass & White Bass are being taken with white jigs, blade baits, chrome shiny, or baits that look like shad.



Fair: Hitting on spinner baits, shinny lures, red crank baits, rubber worms, and jigs near structure on the banks and near the rip-rap areas.



Good: Mostly shad and meaty baits being used over the entire lake. Shad, big minnows, and night crawlers are favorites. Fun to Catch!

Location: Clinton Lake is located in DeWitt County 10 miles east of Clinton, IL.

Description: This 4,895-acre lake was constructed to serve as a cooling reservoir for the Clinton Nuclear Power Station. The lake has a maximum depth of 60 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. Clinton Lake is No Wake for all boats from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise with the exception of waterfowl hunters. Various portions of the lake are designated as no-wake, electric motor only, or no boat areas for safety and security reasons. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks. There are 17 Class AA campsites, 286 Class A campsites and 5 Class B/S campsites at Clinton Lake with showers and almost all are adaptable to either tents, trailers or motor homes. Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of the fisheries in Clinton Lake since the lake opened in 1979. The lake receives stockings of walleye, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish, and blacknose crappie.

Additional Lake Information: Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks.

Two new fishing regulations are in effect as of 4/1/17:
Walleye: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.
Channel catfish/blue catfish: 10 fish daily limit, no length limit.

Contact Information:
Site Office
217- 935-8722
IDNR Fisheries County Biologist:

There were 82 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2016.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 5
Bluegill 133
Channel Catfish 450
Crappie 415
Hybrid Striped Bass 29
Largemouth Bass 2839
Smallmouth Bass 10
Walleye 2

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this
waterbody in 2016 tournaments:

1     8.38 lbs
2     8.25 lbs
3     7.45 lbs
4     7.44 lbs
5     7.31 lbs

2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
October-297239Marina boat
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
November-057240Marina boat
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass