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MATTOON, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Shelby

Acreage: 988

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

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

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

0.1 lbs

5

Few fish exceed 7.5 inches, but most have a heavy body weight.

CARP

Good

1 lbs

16

Abundant with fish exceeding 10 lbs.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

2.8 lbs

21

Currently abundant in the lake through primarily natural recruitment. The average catch goes from 3/4 - 4.5 lbs., with the occasional fish over 10 pounds caught.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

N/A

N/A

Both white and black crappie are abundant. Growth rates vary from slow to fast within this population. However, anglers may still catch crappie up to 13 inches and 3/4 lbs.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Poor

12.6 lbs

33

Catch and release is encouraged as abundance is low.

FRESHWATER DRUM

Average

0.3 lbs

9

Moderately abundant with fish exceeding 10 lbs.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Good

1 lbs

13

Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually with population density varying with stocking density. Good numbers of hybrid striped bass have been caught in recent years by anglers. Numbers of hybrids are caught below the spillway in early spring. Catch rates of hybrid striped bass were high during the standardized fall survey in 2012 and good in 2013.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

0.9 lbs

12

Moderate in abundance due to a lack of aquatic vegetation for nursery habitat. Decent numbers of bass from .5-3 lbs. are present with fish over 6 lbs. caught on occasion.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Fair

1.9 lbs

17

Saugeye were initially stocked in 2010. Saugeye are moderate in abundance with anglers reporting catches of some legal saugeye. The 2012 and 2013 year classes look strong.

Detailed fishing report   

Fishing Report

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

4-24-2017

CRAPPIE

Good: Good sized fish are hitting on minnows! Look for fish near stumps, docks, and cover. Fish from deep to shallow. Some females have eggs. Look for fish both shallow and back deeper again.

4-24-2017

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair to Good: A recent tournament had 3 boats weigh in their stringers of 15 lbs., 14 lbs., & 13 lbs. Fish are biting! Try Spinner baits, chatter baits, buzz baits, & jigs near cover.

Location: Lake Mattoon is located approximately twelve miles southwest of Mattoon and about 1.5 miles northwest of Neoga, in parts of Shelby, Coles, and Cumberland Counties.

Description: The lake covers 1050 surface acres with a maximum depth of 31 feet and average depth of 11.4 feet. Public boat launching facilities are available and the City of Mattoon (217-895-2922 or 234-3611) collects a boating access fee, which covers Lake Paradise as well. All tournaments must be scheduled through the City of Mattoon.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fish population in Lake Mattoon is intensively surveyed every two years, primarily by electrofishing. The fish are measured, weighed, and scales collected before releasing them alive. Hybrid striped bass, and saugeye, populations are being maintained by annual stockings. In addition to the species listed above, yellow bass, longear sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth, and yellow and black bullheads are present, but are seldom harvested by fishermen due to the small size attained by these species.

Additional Lake Information: Pole and line fishing only, with no more than two poles allowed per person, with only two hooks or lures per pole. After sunset the entire lake is no wake. Camping, a swimming beach, live bait, fishing tackle, ice, and drinks are available.

Contact Information:
Lake Mattoon Marina
217-895-2922 (winter: 217-234-3611)
Mike Mounce, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist: 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?
April-296312Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
April-296663Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-036687Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-066664Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-106688Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-136313Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
May-136665Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-176689Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-206314Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
May-206666Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-215486Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
May-246690Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-276667Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-316691Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-036315Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
June-036668Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-076692Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-106669Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-146693Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-176316Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
June-176343Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
June-176670Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-216694Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-246671Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-286695Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-016317Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
July-016672Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-056696Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-086673Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-126697Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-156318Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
July-156674Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-166344Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
July-196698Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-226675Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-266699Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-296319Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
July-296676Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-026700Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-056677Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-096701Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-126320Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
August-126678Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-166702Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-196679Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-236703Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-266321Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
August-266680Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-306704Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-026681Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-096322Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
September-096683Marina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-105490Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
September-166323Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
September-166684Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-236685Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-306324Marina boat
hook
18Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
September-306686Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes