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OTTER LAKE


Lake Information

County: Macoupin

Acreage: 765

Average Depth: 19.82 feet

Shoreline Length: 38.4 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 115hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

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

Very Good

Our spring 2015 species evaluation sample yielded channel catfish ranging from 12” to 24.5”, and maxing the scale at 5.6 lbs. 28% attained 2 pounds, 9.3% reached 4 pounds, and none exceeded 6 pounds in total weight. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Very Good

During March of 2015, striped bass hybrids measured from 10.9” to 26.4”, and topped the scale at 9.2 pounds. 39.3% were at least 4 pounds, 14.3% met 6 pounds, and 7.1% attained 8 pounds or better. Site Regulation: 3 fish 17” or longer; 10 fish daily creel limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit; 3 fish daily creel limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Very Good

During this survey we boated muskie measuring from 30.7” to 39.4” and weighing up to 18.7 pounds. 92.9% made it to 32”, 78.6% reached 34”, and 35.7% topped 36” in total length.Site Regulation: 48” minimum length limit; 1 fish daily creel limit.

WHITE BASS

Good

During our spring field work we collected white bass ranging from 11.4” to 17.6”, and weighing up to 2.6 pounds. 80% were 12”, 20% measured 14”, and 20% grew to 16” in size. Site Regulation: 3 fish 17” or longer; 10 fish daily creel limit.

Location: Otter Lake is located in north central Macoupin County 6 miles west of Girard, IL.

Description: Otter Lake is named after Otter Creek, which was dammed to provide flood control, water-based recreation, and potable water for surrounding towns. This beautiful central Illinois Lake was built in 1968, and has provided wonderful fishing opportunities since. The lake is 765 acres, has a shoreline length of 39 miles, a watershed size of 12,985 acres, a maximum depth of 51 feet, and an average depth of 20 feet.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Approximately 20 species occupy this eutrophic impoundment. Otter Lake receives stockings of 10" to 14" muskie, 4" to 8" largemouth bass, and 2" striped bass hybrids.

Additional Lake Information: Otter Lake has a 115 hp motor size limit. There is a single boat ramp at mid-lake on the north side of Palmyra blacktop. The site has a concession stand/bait shop, campground, and picnic areas. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig. 2 pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Otter Lake Water Commission
217-965-1566
Blake Ruebush, IDNR District Fisheries Biologist:
217-622-7219

There were 14 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 650

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

1     7.06 lbs
2     6.48 lbs
3     6.39 lbs
4     6.15 lbs
5     5.88 lbs

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

1     227.94 lbs
2     214.10 lbs
3     190.90 lbs
4     169.03 lbs
5     167.50 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
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
September-228569ApprovedOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-298644ApprovedOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-0710482ApprovedOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-1410515ApprovedOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
November-0410551ApprovedOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes