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Lake Information

County: Jasper

Acreage: 149

Average Depth: 10.04 feet

Shoreline Length: 9.6 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Size structure of the bluegill population remains poor and well below the target range. Body condition remains good, but the fishery is still comprised almost entirely of fish under 7” in length. The precipitous decline in the quality of the bluegill population coincided with the 2005 appearance of gizzard shad. Anglers can expect most fish to range from 5” – 6.5” and weigh from 0.1 – 0.22 lbs.



Catfish remain abundant in Sam Parr and should provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Most fish will range from 1 – 6.5 pounds with larger fish up to 10 pounds common. This lake provides excellent bank fishing opportunities. The best places to fish include the rip-rap along the dam, the upper ends of the two main arms of the lake, and in the backs of coves. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



Sam Parr Lake contains good numbers of both white and black crappie, but the size structure of the populations are very different. The black crappie population is dominated by strong age 2 and age 3 year classes with very few fish greater than 10". Size structure of the white crappie population is much better and very similar to last year. Data from the most recent population survey indicate 12 % of the white crappie population exceeds 10” in length and a few exceeding 12” in length. A large year class of 8” fish should continue to grow and also contribute to the harvest in the coming year. Between these two species, crappie fishing should continue to be good in 2017.


Very Good

The size structure of the bass population remains in very good shape. The catch rate improved for the second consecutive year, and large fish remain abundant. Currently 38% of the bass are greater than 14” in length and 16% are over 18” in length. The condition of all sizes of bass is good. In 2017, anglers can expect to catch lots of fish 14” – 20” in length ranging from 1.3 – 5.3 lbs with a few larger fish up to 7 pounds. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit.

Location: Sam Parr Lake is located in Jasper County, approximately 3 miles northeast of Newton Illinois on IL Rt 33.

Description: Sam Parr Lake was constructed in Sam Parr State Park near Newton in 1971 through the cooperative efforts of the Illinois Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Federal funds for construction of the lake were provided through the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act. Sam Parr Lake has a surface area of 180 acres, a maximum depth of 28 feet, and a mean depth of 10 feet. The lake has 9.5 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 3,950 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in Sam Parr Lake is comprised of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, and channel catfish. The lake also contains common carp and gizzard shad. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Boats with outboard motors are restricted to 10 horsepower maximum.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Sam Parr State Park
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood

There were 32 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 396

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     7.51 lbs
2     6.40 lbs
3     6.12 lbs
4     5.90 lbs
5     5.90 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1 73.60 lbs
2 62.20 lbs
3 53.40 lbs
4 48.71 lbs
5 47.60 lbs