Choose another lake


Lake Information

County: Vermilion

Acreage: 172

Average Depth: 13.48 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 9.9hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Click on map for expanded view

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.



Fish Status



The bluegill population is regulated by a length limit that protects the larger bluegill from overharvest. Only 5 bluegill over 8 inches can be kept, but a total of 20 bluegill can be harvested. The regulation is helping to improve the bluegill fishery. Approximately 61% of the bluegill collected during the most recent survey were longer than 6 inches. No bluegill were collected over 8 inches, but 15% of the bluegill were longer than 7 inches. Site Regulation: only 5 fish over 8"; 20 fish daily creel limit.



The State Hatchery System stocks channel catfish each year to maintain a quality catfish fishery. The catfish fishery in Lake Mingo commonly produces catfish from 1 to 10 pounds. With the continued efforts from the hatchery, the catfish fishery will provide anglers a great fishing opportunity. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.



In 2008, a 9” length limit and a 15-per-day harvest limit was placed on crappie. Since the new regulation was implemented, the quality of the crappie fishery has improved. For the first time in 10 years, crappie over 10 inches were collected during the 2010 fish survey. During the most recent fish survey, approximately 17% of the crappie collected were larger than the 9 inch limit. Catch rates increased from 2 crappie per hour in 2000 to 76.7 per hour in 2012. In 2014, the catch rate declined to 36 per hour, but still represents a good density of crappie. Site Regulation: 9" length limit, 15 daily creel limit.



During the most recent electrofishing survey, the catch rate for bass was 98.7 per hour. The average catch rate for the past three surveys is 106.7 bass per hour. Of the bass collected over 8 inches, 25% were longer than 12 inches and 9% were longer than 15 inches. There is a high number of bass less than 15 inches but few bass over 15 inches. A new bass regulation will allow anglers to remove bass less than 15 inches and also reduce the number of bass over 15 inches allowed. The new regulation should improve the bass fishery. Site Regulation: 2 fish less than 15", one fish great than 15", daily creel limit of 3 fish.



In 2002, a muskie stocking program was initiated on Lake Mingo. Muskie are no longer stocked in Lake Mingo, but they will remain in the lake for many years. Site Regulation: 36" length limit, one fish daily creel limit.


Very Good

The number of redear sunfish has fluctuated over the years and may be due to the amount of aquatic vegetation in Lake Mingo around the time of sampling. Redear sunfish are heavily dependant upon having adequate amounts of aquatic vegetation. Even though the redear numbers change, there are always 7 to 9-inch redear in the fishery. On average, 58% of the redear collected are larger than 7 inches. However, in the most recent fish survey the percentage for redear sunfish over 7 inches was 88%. Site Regulation: only 5 fish over 8"; 20 fish daily creel limit.

Detailed fishing report   

Fishing Report






Good: Toss a wax worm or red wiggler near weed lines and around docks or structure.



Fair: Some smaller sized fish have been hitting on spinner baits, crank baits, plastic, & top water lures; best during early morning or later evening hours. Tournament stringers weighed in at about 9 pounds.



Good: Fish are biting around the edges, near laydowns, and in holes on a variety of baits.

Location: Lake Mingo is located 8 miles north of Danville at Kennekuk County Park and is owned and operated by the Vermilion County Conservation District. . For more information about Lake Mingo and Kennekuk Cove County Park, visit the web page

Description: Lake Mingo is 170 acres and was built in 1980 and renovated in 1983. The lake has a maximum depth of 38 feet and an average depth of 13.5 feet. There is a 9.9 horsepower limit, boat decals are required, and there is one boat launch.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of the fisheries in Lake Mingo since the lake was constructed. The lake currently receives stockings of channel catfish.

Additional Lake Information: There is a 9.9 horsepower limit, boat decals are required, and there is one boat launch. 2 pole and line fishing only, except bowfishing is allowed from a boat.

Contact Information:
Lake Mingo and Kennekuk Cove County Park
Mike Garthaus, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist: