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PARIS EAST LAKE


Lake Information

County: Edgar

Acreage: 163

Average Depth: 8.37 feet

Shoreline Length: 7.8 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

Bluegill fishing is fair. Few fish exceed 7.5 inches, but most have a heavy body weight.

CARP

Good

Common carp are abundant with fish exceeding 10 lbs. Fishing quality is rated as good. Bow fishing is allowed.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

Channel catfish are stocked by IDNR hatcheries and very abundant in these lakes. The average catch goes from 3/4 - 5 pounds, with the occasional fish over 10 pounds caught. Fishing prospects are rated as excellent for 2016! Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, no length limit.

CRAPPIE

Good

Crappie, both white and black, are moderate in abundance. Anglers may catch crappie up to 13+ inches and 1+ pounds. Fishing prospects for 2016 are good.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Poor

Flathead catfish are low in abundance. Anglers catch a few large flatheads infrequently. Catch-and-release for flathead catfish is encouraged. Fishing quality is rated as poor-fair.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Fair

Hybrid striped bass were initially stocked in 2010. Numbers of hybrid striped bass have been caught in recent years by anglers. Catch rates of hybrid striped bass have been low in recent surveys, but an 11.7 lbs. fish was collected from the west lake in 2015. Fishing quality is rated as fair-good for 2016. Site Regulation: No limit under 17"; 3 fish daily limit 17" or over.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

Largemouth bass are abundant with bass from 1/2 – 3 pounds common. Fish over 6 pounds are caught on occasion. The largest bass collected was 21” and 6.4 lbs. Fishing quality is rated as excellent for both size structure and density for 2016! Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit for both large and smallmouth, 14" minimum length.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Good

Saugeye (sauger X walleye hybrids) were initially stocked in 2010. Saugeye are increasing in abundance with anglers reporting good catches of 14”+ saugeye. The 2014 and 2015 year classes look strong. Fishing quality is rated as good for 2016 as this population is developing well. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit for saugeye, walleye,and sauger; 14" minimum length.

Detailed fishing report   

Fishing Report

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

7-17-2017

CRAPPIE

Fair: Anglers are finding fish near brush and rocks with a twister tail and minnow; early mornings or later evenings best.

7-17-2017

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good: Look for fish feeding on schools of shad; cast buzz baits, top water lures, spinner baits, or artificial lures; also a few being taken from along the edges during the evening hours.

7-17-2017

WALLEYE

Fair to Good: Nice sized fish in the 2 pound plus range are being caught with jigs - sometimes while crappie fishing.

7-17-2017

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good: Fish are biting on cheese bait, chicken liver and night crawlers near ledges and in holes.

Location: Paris Twin Lakes are located on Route 1 on the north edge of Paris in Edgar County.

Description: The two lakes have a combined surface acreage of 220 acres. Bank fishing access is abundant and public boat launching facilities are available.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fish populations of the Paris Twin Lakes are intensively surveyed every two years, primarily by electrofishing. The fish are measured, weighed, and scales collected for aging before releasing the fish alive. Hybrid striped bass and saugeye populations are stocked annually through the IDNR hatcheries and are surveyed annually.

Yellow bass, longear sunfish, green sunfish, and yellow bullheads are present, but are seldom harvested by fishermen due to the small size attained by most of these species. Gizzard shad and golden shiners are the primary forage.

Additional Lake Information: Public boat launching facilities are available on each lake and the City of Paris (217-465-7601) collects a boating access fee. All tournaments must be scheduled through ifishillinios.org. All statewide regulations are in effect. The entire West Lake is always no wake. The East Lake is no wake before 10 a.m or after sunset with a speed limit of 35 m.p.h. 2 pole and line only with no more than 2 hooks or lures per pole. For carp fising, bow and arrow, pitchforks, and gigs allowed.

Contact Information:
City of Paris
217-465-7601
IDNR District Biologist, Mike Mounce:
217-345-2420

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-246641Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-29July-305026Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
July-316642Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-076643Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-126736Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No
August-146644Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-205014Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-216645Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-276341Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
August-286646Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-035639Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
September-175151Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-245016Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-07October-087152Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-145152Lakeside Terrace Dr. (N of beach) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No