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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

larger map link Dam Ramp Paris West

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    Dam, Boat Ramp, Paris West Lake

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



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



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



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, 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 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 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 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)


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.

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 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
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Jim Garavaglia

There were 34 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 537

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

1     5.81 lbs
2     5.12 lbs
3     4.88 lbs
4     4.81 lbs
5     4.56 lbs

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

1 114.94 lbs
2 109.45 lbs
3 75.94 lbs
4 54.88 lbs
5 53.50 lbs