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CLINTON LAKE


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


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
     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.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

CRAPPIE

Excellent

N/A

N/A

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 (WIPERS)

Good

1.9 lbs

16

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".

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

0.8 lbs

12

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.

WALLEYE

Good

0.9 lbs

14

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)

WHITE BASS

Good

0.1 lbs

7

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

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

5-24-2017

CRAPPIE

Pretty Good: The bite is still on: Anglers catching fish using minnows - the # 1 bait is minnows and some jigs; chartreuse is a popular color.

5-24-2017

BLUEGILL

Good: Lots being of nice sized fish caught! Cast over the bedding areas with wax worms.

5-24-2017

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good: Lots Finding fish with spinner baits - the # one bait on the rip rap areas.

5-24-2017

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good: Everywhere! Anglers using meaty baits - Shrimp is # 1 and also using chicken livers, and mud leeches. Pre spawn and spawning conditions.

5-24-2017

WHITE BASS

Good: Lots! They are on! Catching fish with white, silver, & Chrome lures on the surface area.

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:
217-784-4730

2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Public?
June-016515West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-035853Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
June-03June-046147Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
June-036780Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-044413Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
June-045462Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
June-046100Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
June-046787Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-086516West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-105244Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-156518West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-174677Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-186828Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-226519West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-255468West Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-255838West Side boat
hook
5Largemouth Bass
No
June-256781Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-296520West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-015245Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-01July-026148Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
July-026788Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-066521West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-136522West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-156782Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-206523West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-224706Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Yes
July-276524West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-296783Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-304747Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-036525West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-054678Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-056210Marina boat
hook
10Smallmouth Bass
No
August-106526West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-12August-135177Marina boat
hook
10Multiple SpeciesNo
August-125246Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-12August-136149Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
August-166416Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
August-176527West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-206156Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-246528West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-26August-275090Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-276866Marina boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-276938Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-316529West Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-036789Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-105500Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
September-105827West Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-106800West Side boat
hook
4Largemouth Bass
No
September-16September-175981Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
No
September-235029Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-23September-246150Marina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
September-245247Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-306498Marina boat
hook
30Crappie
Yes
September-30October-016784Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-075951Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-084679Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-085545Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-14October-155812Mascoutin State Park boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No
October-21October-226946Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No