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VERMILION, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Vermilion

Acreage: 900

Average Depth: 12.01 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Good

During the most recent fish survey, approximately 55% of the bluegill collected were larger than 6 inches, but none were larger than 8 inches. The bluegill fishery has improved over the past 12 years.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

During the most recent fish survey, catfish ranged in size from 9.5 inches to 23 inches and body condition was good. The catfish fishery is natural, but on occasion is supplemented with hatchery fish stocked from the Vermilion County Conservation District.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

During the most recent fish survey, the catch rate was above average compared to the past seven surveys. The size structure of the bass population looks good, with 77% being over 12 inches in length and 31% over 15 inches (based on bass collected that were 8 inches and larger). The largest bass collected during the latest survey was 4.98 pounds. The length limit is 15 inches and the daily creel limit is 6.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Excellent

The catch rate for white crappie during the most recent fish survey was above average when compared to the past seven surveys. Density is excellent for white crappie. Based upon crappie 5 inches and longer, 41% were over 8 inches and 21% were longer than 10 inches. Size structure is excellent. The largest crappie collected in the latest survey was 1.22 pounds. The crappie are regulated with a regulation of 10 crappie under 10 inches and 10 crappie greater than or equal to 10 inches. The regulation will protect the larger crappie and encourage anglers to keep some of the smaller crappie.

Detailed fishing report   

Fishing Report

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

7-17-2017

BLUEGILL

Good: Fish near docks and weed lines with wax worms, red wigglers, or tubes.

7-17-2017

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good: A recent tournament reported 34 boats and 33 boats caught fish! The winning stringer weighed in at 15.75 pounds with 5.83 pounds being the big fish of the day. The fifth place stringer weighed 14 pounds - so lots of nice fish. Favorite baits are spinner baits, frogs, plastic, and crank baits. Many fish averaged 2 pounds.

7-17-2017

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good: Using Cut shad and stink bait along the shorelines, in holes, and near ledges.

Location: Lake Vermillion is located on the west edge of the City of Danville.

Description: Lake Vermilion is owned by the Consumers Illinois Water Company (CIWC), which has leased the surface rights to the Vermilion County Conservation District (VCCD) to make the lake available to the public for boating and fishing. Lake Vermilion has a maximum depth of 30 feet and an average depth of 12 feet.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only, except that sport fisherman can take carp, carpsuckers, and buffalo by pitchfork, gigs, bow and arrow, or bow and arrow devices north of Boiling Springs Road, but not within 300 feet around the wetland boardwalk. Trotline and jug fishing are allowed north of Boiling Springs Road. Season Pass Decals or a Daily Fee Pass are required for all boats and can be obtained at the concession stand by the boat ramp.

Contact Information:
Lake Vermilion:
217-442-7561
IDNR County Fisheries 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?
July-276720County Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
July-296231County Park boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-036721County Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-064626County Park boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-106722County Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-176723County Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-196121County Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-206152County Park boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-246724County Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
August-316725County Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-096726County Park boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
September-106159County Park boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
September-166122County Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-175717County Park boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No
September-306123County Park boat
hook
21Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-14October-155471County Park boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-155153County Park boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No