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Lake Information

County: McLean

Acreage: 635

Average Depth: 14.5 feet

Shoreline Length: 18.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 40hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

larger map link Camps Dam

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    Camps, Dam

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



During the most recent fish survey, channel catfish collected ranged in size from 11 inches to 36 inches. The largest catfish weighed 7.2 pounds. There is currently a good channel catfish fishery in Lake Bloomington.


Very Good

Both black and white crappie are present in Lake Bloomington. During the most recent spring electrofishing survey, black crappie ranged in size from 7.5 inches to 11.5 inches, and the largest black crappie collected weighed 0.61 pounds. The white crappie ranged in size from 6 inches to 13 inches and the largest white crappie weighed 1.07 pounds.



The most recent spring netting survey resulted in 26 hybrid striped bass being collected, which was a large reduction from the previous survey that had 105 collected. The hybrid striped bass fishery in Lake Bloomington is still considered good. The State Hatchery System stocks hybrid striped bass to sustain the fishery.



During the most recent survey, approximately 24% of the bass collected were longer than the 15 inch length limit. The largest bass collected weighed 5.35 pounds. Of the bass collected over 8 inches, 77% were longer than 12 inches, 27% longer than 15 inches and 2% longer than 20 inches.



Even though smallmouth bass have been in the lake since it was impounded, the fishery is not strong. A smallmouth bass stocking program was started in 2009 in an attempt to improve the fishery. The State Hatchery stocks 2-inch fingerlings each year.



Walleye were first stocked into this lake in 1984, and it has received approximately 25,000 two-inch walleye every year. The most recent walleye survey resulted in only 8 walleye per hour of sampling, but the average catch rate for the past 17 surveys is 38.9 walleye per hour. It is believed the higher water temperature during the fall survey resulted in a poor sample. Walleye collected during the most recent survey ranged in size from 10 inches to 20 inches. Site Regulation: Starting April 1, 2017, the walleye regulation will be an 18 inch minimum length limit and a 3 per day harvest limit.

Fishing Report

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Location: Lake Bloomington is located approximately 15 miles North of Bloomington IL, Lake Bloomington is easily accessible by taking I-39 North to the Lake Bloomington Exit, then proceeding east on the Lake Bloomington Road (2500N) 4 miles.

Description: This fertile 635-acre lake has a maximum depth of 36 feet, an average depth of 14.5 feet, and 18.5 miles of shoreline. Lake Bloomington is owned by the City of Bloomington, IL and is maintained and operated by the City's Water Department. Lake Bloomington has been named one of the National Fish Habitat Partnership's "Waters to Watch" for 2014. The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership is partnering with the Friends of EverBloom, IDNR, the City of Bloomington, McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District, McLean County Parks and Recreation and local vendors to rehabilitate a severely eroded shoreline on Lake Bloomington. IL DNR staff will continue to monitor the fish community following the completion of the project. Learn more about this project here. In addition, more detailed information can be found here.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR currently stocks walleye, smallmouth bass and hybrid striped bass. A community-wide fish survey is completed approximately every two years and hybrid striped bass, largemouth/smallmouth bass and walleye surveys are currently conducted on an annual basis.

Additional Lake Information: There is one public boat launch, but there is a fee to use the ramp/lake. Two pole and line fishing only, no trot lines, jugs or bank poles. There is a 40hp outboard motor restriction. The City of Bloomington requires a boat sticker for watercraft utilizing Lake Bloomington.

Contact Information:
Lake Bloomington
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus

There were 16 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 358
Smallmouth Bass 6

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     7.05 lbs
2     6.12 lbs
3     5.63 lbs
4     5.59 lbs
5     4.80 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     203.43 lbs
2     144.22 lbs
3     73.45 lbs
4     73.12 lbs
5     64.94 lbs

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

2019 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
September-2111248ApprovedRamp boat
20Largemouth Bass