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Lake Information

County: Pike

Acreage: 241

Average Depth: 11.97 feet

Shoreline Length: 7.6 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No limit, no wake

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.

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Fish Status



The bluegill population is dominated by 4 to 6 inch fish, but those over 6” made up a respectable 28% of the adult fish. Unfortunately less than 1% of adults in our sample reached 7”. Little change in sunfish fishing is anticipated for 2016.



Our 2015 sample was small, but those captured weighed 5-10 pounds. Channel catfish maintain a stable and good fishery. Site Regulation: No length limit, creel limit 6 per day.



Black crappie were predominant in our 2015 sample, and the population is fair with 60% of the adults sampled under 9” and only 6% over 9”. This sample was too small to permit detailed analysis of the crappie population, but anglers report few large crappie in the creel. The crappie outlook for 2016 is fair.



Only two flathead catfish were sampled — a young 13 inch fish and a large 42 pound adult. Large flathead catfish maintain their presence in the lake and provide a trophy fishery.



The catch rate was a little low, but many large adults are present. The majority of hybrid stripers captured were 20-25” and averaged 6.6 pounds. The largest fish was 27” and weighed 9.6 pounds. Site Regulation: 17” minimum length limit, creel limit 3 per day.



The bass numbers were high in our sampling. A supplemental stocking of 10,000 fingerlings was introduced in 2014. This stocking may have contributed to the high catch. The bass population was well balanced with 18.6% of the adults exceeding the 14” minimum length limit, and 5.6% over 18”. The 3 largest bass encountered were over 20” and in the 5 pound range. The largemouth bass prospects for 2016 are good with an abundance of fish moving into the 15-20 inch range. Site Regulation: 14” minimum length limit, creel limit 6 per day.



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



A good walleye population is present with 53.8% of adults exceeding 18”and fish commonly exceeding 20”. The largest walleye in our 2015 survey was 25” long and weighed 6 pounds. Site Regulation: 14”minimum length limit, creel limit 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 12.3 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: Pittsfield Lake is a city-owned lake and requires a boat permit. There is also a boat launch fee. There are two boat launches, one on the north end of the lake off of County Road 1700N and the other on the east side of the lake off of County Road 3275E. No horsepower limit, no wake only for all motor sizes. 2 pole and line fishing only for all species.

Contact Information:
City of Pittsfield
Blake Ruebush, IDNR District Fisheries Biologist

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