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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

larger map link North End Dam


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    Dam, North End

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2999

2018

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

5402

2019

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2100

2019

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

5522


Additional information for stocking on WASHINGTON COUNTY LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

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 State Recreation 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 regular stockings of channel catfish and largemouth bass.

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 the link above.

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 State Recreation Area
618-327-3137
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Eric Ratcliff
618-931-4217

There were 21 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 472

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2019 tournaments:

1     6.38 lbs
2     6.26 lbs
3     6.18 lbs
4     5.94 lbs
5     5.88 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2019 tournaments:

1 116.28 lbs
2 81.56 lbs
3 78.44 lbs
4 59.31 lbs
5 57.31 lbs


Multiple day tournaments are listed with * end date.

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

2020 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
April-1916008ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
May-0316009ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
May-0914795ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-1615929ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1716010ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
May-2415825ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0716011ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
June-1415640ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2714839ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2816012ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
July-1216013ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
July-1916145ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2616014ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
August-0916015ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
August-2314302ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-3016016ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
September-1316017ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
September-2016018ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
October-0416019ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
October-1116020ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
October-2416021ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes
October-2516022ApprovedWashington County SRA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoYes