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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

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

CRAPPIE

Excellent

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

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

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

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

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".

Fishing Report

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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

There were 75 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 18
Bluegill 206
Channel Catfish 521
Common Carp 1
Crappie 508
Flathead Catfish 3
Hybrid Striped Bass 25
Largemouth Bass 2557
Smallmouth Bass 19
White Bass 2

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     9.31 lbs
2     8.93 lbs
3     7.38 lbs
4     7.19 lbs
5     7.19 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     503.00 lbs
2     502.13 lbs
3     501.00 lbs
4     358.56 lbs
5     337.00 lbs

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

2018 – 2019 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
March-23March-2411647ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
March-3010721ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
March-3110691ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Yes
March-3111055ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Crappie
No
March-3111763ApprovedMarina boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
April-06April-0710626ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-13April-1410613ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-1310620ApprovedMarina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-13April-1411260ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Multiple SpeciesNo
April-1410622ApprovedMarina boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-1411157ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-18April-1910865ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-2011464ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-2011748ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Crappie
Yes
April-2111159ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-2711138ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-2711702ApprovedMarina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-2810902ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-2811745ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
May-0410911ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
May-0411465ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-0510718ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-1110647ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-1110763ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-1111365ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
11Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
May-1811473ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-1811828ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
May-1911499ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-1911655ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
5Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-1911736ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
May-1911891ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-0110617ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-0210824ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-0810870ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-0910845ApprovedMarina boat
hook
65Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-0911162ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
June-1511466ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-1611165ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
June-2210629ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-2312035ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-2911385ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-3010814ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-0911556ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-1311468ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-2110830ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-2111991ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
July-2311558ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-2711603ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
August-0311036ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
August-1011469ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-1710840ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-17August-1811267ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-2511775ApprovedMarina boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
September-07September-0811471ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-1511167ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
September-1511777ApprovedMarina boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
September-2110854ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-2211503ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-2811178ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-28September-2911997ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-0611496ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
No
October-1311043ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-19October-2011207ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No