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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

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

0.1 lbs

6

The bluegill sunfish population is poor. Bluegill are stunted and overabundant. No bluegill over 7 inches were collected in the 2015 survey.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

2.1 lbs

19

The channel catfish population is excellent. IDNR stocks this lake annually with channel catfish. channel catfish collected in the 2015 survey ranged in size from 13-25 inches. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Good

0.6 lbs

12

White crappie were collected for the first time in 5 years. White crappie ranging in size from 9-15 inches were collected. Black crappie ranging from 3-11 inches were collected in the 2015 survey. 24% of the black crappie were over 9 inches.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

1 lbs

13

The largemouth bass population in this lake is excellent. During the 2015 fall electrofishing sample, 55% were over 15 inches, 27% were over 16 inches, and 15% were over 18 inches. Site Regulation: A new bass regulation will go into effect on April 1, 2016. The goal of the new bass regulation is to increase the number of bass in the lake, as well as the number of bass >14 inches in the lake. Creel Limit: 2 fish under 14", one fish over 18"; 14-18 inch protected slot (no possession).

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.

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

2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Public?
June-046090Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
June-256091Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
July-096092Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
July-236093Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
August-055807Washington County SRA boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
August-066094Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
August-206095Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
September-106096Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
September-246097Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
October-086098Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
October-216099Washington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No