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SARA, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Effingham

Acreage: 614

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

The size structure of the bluegill population remains fair at best, with most of the population comprised of fish less than 7” in length. Body condition is poor and growth rates remain below average. Anglers can expect to catch an abundance of fish 5” – 7” in length.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Catfish in Lake Sara should provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. The channel catfish population is mostly comprised of older and larger fish. Natural recruitment is low keeping total numbers down, but growth rates and condition are good. The majority of fish in the population will range from 2 – 6 lbs. with larger individuals to 12 lbs.

CRAPPIE

Very Good

Both black and white crappie are present in Lake Sara, and the size structure of both populations improved significantly in the past year. Data collected from the annual population survey indicate 33% of the black crappie and 50% of the white crappie are greater than 10” in length. Body condition is good for white crappie and poor for black crappie. This lake should provide some excellent crappie fishing in the coming year. Site Regulation: White, black, or hybrid crappie: 25 fish limit (collectively)

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

The size structure of the bass population has changed very little over the last year, and the long-term trend shows a very stable population. The collection rate fell significantly to the lowest level in four years. Average body condition fell well below the target due in large part to the poor condition of bass in the 11” – 14” size class. The percentage of bass greater than 14” has changed very little over the last 5 years and remains well below optimal. In an attempt to improve the size structure of the population, regulations were changed on April 1 to a 15” – 18” protected slot limit. The population will be monitored closely over the next 2 - 3 years to evaluate the influence of this new regulation on the population. Bass fishing should remain unchanged in 2017 with bass below the slot ranging from 0.5 -1.5 lbs. and those exceeding 18” weighing 3.5 pounds or greater. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, protected slot length limit of 15 – 18".

WHITE BASS

Good

White bass numbers improved in the 2015 survey. Three year classes were collected and their body condition was excellent. Angling opportunities for white bass should be good in 2016.

Location: Lake Sara is located in Effingham County approximately 5 miles southwest of Effingham, Illinois.

Description: Lake Sara was constructed in 1957, and it has a surface area of 614 acres, a maximum depth of 47 feet, and a mean depth of 19 feet. The lake has 38 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 7,560 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in Lake Sara is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, white and black crappies, white bass, and channel catfish. Other common species include common carp and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Boat permits are required and can be purchased at either of Lake Sara's two Marinas, the Mach 1 gas station on Rt. 33 West, or Lake Sara Marine in Effingham.

Site Regulation:
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily limit, protected slot length limit of 15 – 18"
White, black, or hybrid crappie: 25 fish limit (collectively)

Contact Information:
Lake Sara Water Authority
217-868-2787
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732

There were 41 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Crappie 243
Largemouth Bass 1988

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

1     7.12 lbs
2     6.88 lbs
3     6.88 lbs
4     6.74 lbs
5     6.50 lbs

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

1 329.13 lbs
2 239.71 lbs
3 239.30 lbs
4 231.87 lbs
5 196.44 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?
March-2115543ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
March-2814304ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-04
*April-05
14691ApprovedAnthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1115544ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-18
*April-19
14417ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-3015764ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-0215790PendingMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-0715765ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-0815679ApprovedAnthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
25Crappie
NoNo
May-0914306ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1415766ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1615545ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2115767ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2315768ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2815769ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-30
*May-31
14692ApprovedAnthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0415770ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0615546ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0713915ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-1115771ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1314203ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1815772ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2515773ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2814134ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-0215774ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-0915775ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-11
*July-12
14418ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1615776ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1814159ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1914644ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-2315778ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2514319ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-3015779ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0615780ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0815781ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1315782ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2015783ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2215784ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2715785ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-29
*August-30
15724ApprovedAnthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesNo
September-0513819ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
September-1213815ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
September-12
*September-13
15151ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-1215791PendingMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-10
*October-11
14085ApprovedAnthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-17
*October-18
14197ApprovedMarina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-17
*October-18
15019ApprovedAnthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
NoYes