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WASHINGTON COUNTY LAKE


Lake Information

County: Washington

Acreage: 301

Average Depth: 18.24 feet

Shoreline Length: 14.6 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

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

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill sunfish population is poor. Bluegill are stunted and overabundant. No bluegill over 7 inches were collected in the 2016 survey.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

The channel catfish population is excellent. IDNR stocks this lake annually with channel catfish. Sixteen channel catfish (14-25 inches) were collected in the 2016 survey. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Good

No white crappie were collected in the 2016 survey. Ten black crappie (5-15 inches) were collected in the 2016 survey. 30% of the black crappie were over 10 inches.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

The largemouth bass population in this lake is excellent. During the 2016 fall electrofishing sample, of the 98 bass collected, 60% were over 15 inches, 45% were over 16 inches, and 20% were over 18 inches. A new bass regulation went into effect on April 1, 2016. The goal of the new bass regulation is to increase the overall number of bass in the lake, as well as the number of bass greater than 14 inches in the lake.Site Regulation: 2 fish under 14" and 1 fish over 18" daily limit, 14 – 18" protected slot.

Location: Washington County Conservation Area is located 4 miles south of Nashville on Route 127.

Description: This scenic 248-acre lake contains a good percentage of woody habitats, which is great for attracting and holding fish. There is a concrete boat ramp and plenty of parking in the blacktopped parking lot. There is also a gravel boat ramp for small watercraft. Shore angler access is available at many areas around the lake and there is a 10 hp limit for boat motors.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of Washington County Lake since it opened in 1962. The lake receives annual stockings of channel catfish.

Additional Lake Information: There is a 10hp limit for boat motors. 2 pole and line fishing only. Swimming, wading, and waterskiing are prohibited. The concession offers boat rental, bait and tackle. A map of the 11 Washington County State Lake fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@Illinois.gov.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 2 fish under 14" and 1 fish over 18" daily limit, 14 – 18" protected slot
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Striped, white or hybrid bass: 3 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Washington County Conservation Area
618-327-3137
Shawn Hirst, IDNR District Fisheries Biologist:
618-687-4546

There were 15 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 402

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

1     1.56 lbs
2     1.19 lbs

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

1     141.22 lbs
2     108.30 lbs
3     82.35 lbs
4     79.32 lbs
5     68.14 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-309885ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
October-079886ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
October-219887ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
November-03November-049888ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No