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SPRINGFIELD, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Sangamon

Acreage: 3866

Average Depth: 13.16 feet

Shoreline Length: 52.7 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

Bay Island Center Harbor Marine Point Midland Island Spaulding Dam West End


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
    Bay Island, Center Harbor, Marine Point, Midland Island,
    Spaulding Dam, West End


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Maps are not intended for navigation.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUE CATFISH

Developing

We did not see any Blue Catfish during the 2015 sample. This species is being stocked as we speak, and expect this population to evolve into a great trophy fishery in due time.

BLUEGILL

Excellent

5,426 Bluegill were captured measuring from 1.75” to 8”, and weighed up to .37 lbs. This fishery is unique in that larger Bluegill reside in this impoundment when shad are present. Usually bluegill do not attain 8” in larger lakes with these species. We encourge more anglers would seek out this fish group in the future.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

The channel catfish collected in 2015 ranged in size from 8.5” to 26” and topped the scale at 6 lbs. For this sample, no catfish were found less than or equal to 8” in length. This could be a concern, and will be monitored in the future.

CRAPPIE

Improving

Crappie captured measured from 4” to 13” and topped the scale at .99 lbs. Numbers appear a bit low, but crappie can be difficult to collect if not in spawning mode. The Black Crappie population is slowly maturing, and are expected to improve even more over the coming years. Site Regulation: 10" minimum length limit with a creel limit of 10 fish per day.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Excellent

Flathead Catfish were collected ranging from 8” to 35”, and topping the scale at 18.7 lbs. There are huge Flatheads in this lake, and we were unable to sample the precise location to capture them.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

In 2015, bass collected ranged from 3” to 19.5” and weighed up to 4.9 lbs. Densities, reproduction, and recruitment are good. On the other hand, bass greater than 17” are more difficult to find. Only 1.9% topped the 17” mark. Even though this is an issue, this is one good bass fishery! Site Regulation: 15" minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6 fish per day.

WHITE BASS

Developing

White Bass were collected ranging from 5.5” to 15” and weighing up to 1.7 lbs. 21% were less than 8”, so reproduction/recruitment is occurring in this impoundment. This process will need to continue for several years to re-build this population due to spillway escapement from rainy seasons.

Detailed fishing report   

Fishing Report

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

9-15-2017

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair using plastics, crankbaits & jigs.

9-15-2017

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair to good using most baits.

9-15-2017

WHITE BASS

Fair using Krazy Blades & jig/twisters.

Location: Lake Springfield is located on the southeast edge of Springfield.

Description: Lake Springfield was constructed in 1931 by the damming of Lick and Sugar creeks. It has a maximum depth of approximately 30' and average depth of 13'. Lake Springfield is 3866 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The Division of Fisheries entered into a formal Cooperative Management Agreement in 1984 with the City of Springfield to manage the sport fishery. Lake Springfield has a small power plant on the lake that keeps the lower end of the lake open to fishing year round. Lake Springfield has four concrete boat ramps for easy access.

A total of 45 fish species have been collected in Lake Springfield since 1984. While their numbers and potential for successful angling are low, anglers may catch green sunfish, green sunfish x bluegill hybrid, freshwater drum, redear sunfish, or yellow bullhead.

Additional Lake Information: The lake has four concrete boat ramps for easy access. Two pole and line fishing only. No commercial devices, such as trot lines, jugs, or bank poles, are allowed. Archery fishing is allowed for rough fish throughout the lake.

Contact Information:
City of Springfield
217-789-2323
Blake Ruebush, IDNR District Fisheries Biologist
217-622-7219

There were 72 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2016.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 3
Channel Catfish 789
Crappie 126
Flathead Catfish 1
Largemouth Bass 2123

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

1     9.12 lbs
2     7.55 lbs
3     7.44 lbs
4     6.67 lbs
5     6.25 lbs

2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Public?
September-234702Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-236046Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
September-245737Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
September-306280Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-016475Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
3Largemouth Bass
No
October-075086Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Yes
October-144824Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-146104Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
October-156105Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Yes
October-287216Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Crappie
Yes
November-057165Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Crappie
No
November-117166Lindsay Bridge boat
hook
20Crappie
Yes