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PITTSFIELD LAKE


Lake Information

County: Pike

Acreage: 241

Average Depth: 11.97 feet

Shoreline Length: 7.6 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 25 HP Limit

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

The trap net and electrofishing surveys conducted in spring and fall 2016 showed a lack of channel catfish below 24”, which indicates poor recruitment into the population. Channel catfish collected during the spring trap net survey measuring between 24 – 31” and weighing up to 15.8 lbs. These fish were in excellent body condition. Pittsfield Lake was added to the channel catfish stocking list and will receive non-vulnerable sized 8-10” channel catfish to supplement the population if hatchery production allows. Anglers can catch channel catfish near deadfalls and stickups in the warmer months throughout the lake using bottom fishing techniques with cut bait, shrimp, chicken livers or night crawlers.

CRAPPIE

Good

White crappie are the dominant crappie species in Pittsfield Lake, which is common in a turbid lake. However, a decent population of black crappie is present. We collected more crappie during the spring trap net survey compared to the fall electrofishing survey, ranging from 6.5 – 15” weighing up to 1.9 lbs. Both white and black crappie were in below average body condition, which suggests there is most likely competition for food sources occurring within the population. White crappie are fatter than black crappie in Pittsfield Lake, which is also common in turbid lakes as white crappie are better able to tolerate such conditions. There is no fishing regulation for crappie at Pittsfield Lake. Crappie species are often times very reproductive, therefor a regulation on harvest is not necessary. Anglers can catch crappie species around submerged structures throughout the lake in the spring and fall with spinners, jigs and minnows.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Excellent

Flatheads during our spring trap net and fall electrofishing surveys ranged from 11 – 41.5” and weighed up to 42 lbs. The population is doing well and should provide excellent fishing opportunities.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Excellent

The hybrid striped bass population is excellent at Pittsfield Lake. Hybrid stripers collected in our spring trap net surveys and fall electrofishing survey ranged in size from 17 – 28” and weighed up to 12.6 lbs. These fish are in excellent body condition. Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually when hatchery production allows. They provide a great fishing opportunity for those looking to diversify their catch. Site Regulation: 17” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 3 per day.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

Bass sampled ranged from 4 – 21.5” and weighed up to 6 lbs. The population structure is good with 37% of catchable bass measuring over the 14” minimum length limit and 9% measuring over 18”. Largemouth bass body condition was good and within management goals. Anglers can catch largemouth bass off of points, deadfalls, and stickups in the warmer months of the year with plastic worms, jigs, spinners, crank baits, minnows, crayfish and worms. Site Regulation: 14” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6 per day.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Poor

Redear sunfish were relatively small and sparse, with the largest fish reaching 7.5”. Little change in sunfish fishing is anticipated for 2016.

WALLEYE

Very Good

Walleye are stocked annually as fingerlings by the State Hatchery system. We only collected 10 walleye from our 2016 surveys ranging from 9 – 26” weighing up to 7.9 lbs. Body condition was good. It is expected that the walleye population is doing well given the good body condition observed, the wide range of size classes, the abundant forage base, and a lower density of largemouth bass. Nice walleye can be caught in the at the base of the dam in the spring or fall using minnows, night crawlers, jigs, crank baits, spoons and spinners. Statewide Regulation: 14” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6 per day.

Location: Lake Pittsfield is located in Pike County in West-Central Illinois between Pittsfield and Griggsville south of Interstate 72 and east of Route 107.

Description: Pittsfield Lake was constructed by the city of Pittsfield in 1960 as a flood control impoundment. It was subsequently used as the source of drinking water for the city. No longer used as a water source, Pittsfield Lake attracts many anglers and campers to this rural setting. Pittsfield Lake has a maximum depth of 34 feet and an average depth of 12 feet. Shoreline length is 5.2 miles and is 241 acres. The western shoreline of the lake is predominately steep-sided and does not provide much bank angling access. The eastern shoreline is comprised of shallow flats, rip-rap shoreline and excellent aquatic vegetation beds. Underwater, fallen trees and submerged stumps are found throughout the lake.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Pittsfield Lake was first stocked with largemouth bass in 1961. This was followed by redear sunfish stocking in 1962 and channel catfish in 1963. It was opened to fishing in the spring of 1962. In 1971 both white and black crappie were added. Walleye and northern pike were added in 1975, and hybrid striped bass in 1983. Predators were added to the lake as an attempt to utilize and control the abundant gizzard shad population. Flathead catfish were stocked later for the same reason. The Division of Fisheries presently stocks hybrid striped bass and walleye annually.

Additional Lake Information: The lake offers two boat launches, camping and picnicking. A boat permit and launch fee are required (Pittsfield City Hall 217-285-4484). The lake has a 25 HP limit and is no wake.

2 pole and line fishing only – sport anglers can harvest carp, buffalo, suckers and gar by bow and
arrow devices, gigs or spears during May and June.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 14” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6 per day
Striped, white, or hybrid striped bass – 17” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 3 per day
Walleye – state wide - 14” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6 per day

Contact Information:
City of Pittsfield
217-285-4484
Blake Ruebush, IDNR District Fisheries Biologist
217-622-7219

There were 4 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2016.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 103

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this
waterbody in 2016 tournaments:

1     6.15 lbs
2     5.77 lbs
3     5.07 lbs
4     4.85 lbs
5     4.71 lbs