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Lake Information

County: Bond

Acreage: 750

Average Depth: 8.96 feet

Shoreline Length: 24 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 120hp

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.



Fish Status



Bluegill are very abundant in the lake with lots of 6 inch fish and a few over 7 inches.



Channel catfish collected in the last survey were between 15 and 30 inches with an average weight of over 4 lbs.



Both black and white crappie abundant, most of the crappie collected in surveys are over 9 inches.



The lake supports trophy flathead catfish with several over 40 lbs. collected in recent surveys.


Very Good

Good numbers of 4-8 lb fish are present. Look for them chasing shad off steep rocky banks early morning or just before dark.


Very Good

This lake has a good bass population with a very good percentage over 15 inches.

Location: Governor Bond Lake is located just north of Greenville.

Description: This is a 775 acre water supply lake owned by the city of Greenville. The fishery of the lake is cooperatively managed by the IDNR and the city of Greenville. The shoreline of the lake includes rock, woody structure, and some aquatic plants. There are 2 concrete boat ramps on the lake. The main ramp is on the southwest end of the lake off of Red Ball Trail. A second ramp is located on the southeast side of the lake off of East Lake Drive. There is limited shore angler access.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries routinely monitors the status of the fishery of Governor Bond Lake. Recent stockings include supplemental largemouth bass, supplemental channel catfish, and annual hybrid striped bass

Additional Lake Information: There is a 225 horsepower limit for boats and a 160 horsepower limit for personal watercraft. A city sticker is required for all boats.Boat permits may be purchased at Greenville City Hall, 404 South 3rd Street. Gas is available on the lake at the marina.

Contact Information:
Greenville City Hall
IDNR Fisheries: (618) 931-4217

There were 29 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 327

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     6.19 lbs
2     5.52 lbs
3     5.50 lbs
4     5.22 lbs
5     5.20 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     104.30 lbs
2     86.71 lbs
3     69.66 lbs
4     62.28 lbs
5     55.11 lbs

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2018 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
October-20October-218158ApprovedMain Ramp on West Side boat
15Largemouth Bass