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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.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"







Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish




Largemouth Bass



Additional information for stocking on SAM PARR LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



Size structure of the bluegill population remained poor and below the target range. Body condition improved slightly, and the fishery was 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” – 7” and weigh from 0.1 – 0.22 lbs.


Very Good

Catfish remain relatively abundant in Sam Parr and should provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Most fish will range from 1 – 5 pounds with larger fish up to 10 pounds. 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 both white and black crappie, but the size structures of the populations are very different. The black crappie population showed some improvements from the 2018 survey. The 2019 survey data showed that black crappie have become the more dominant species. Black crappie catch rates improved in 2019, but their average body condition remained below target. White crappie catch rates declined in 2019, but their average body condition improved above target. Approximately 17% of the adult black crappie collected were over 10” in length and 8% of the adult white crappie were over 10”. However, anglers can expect to see most fish in the 8” – 10” range. With only modest growth rates and below optimal size structure, crappie fishing will be fair at best in the coming year.


Very Good

The size structure of the bass population remained fairly stable and in good shape. The catch rate remained well above the target. Approximately 27% of the adult bass in the sample were greater than 14” in length. The average body condition was good, and the body condition of bass over 16” was very good. However, bass in the 12” – 15” size range had a less than ideal average body condition. The discrepancy in body condition is likely a result of the strong gizzard shad population in the lake. Roughly 60% of the gizzard shad collected in recent surveys have exceeded 7” in length and have not been available as a prey source for the smaller bass. In 2020, anglers can expect to catch a lot of fish 14” – 20” in length ranging from 1.3 – 5.5 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 23 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 555

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

1     7.55 lbs
2     6.25 lbs
3     6.25 lbs
4     6.10 lbs
5     6.05 lbs

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

1 113.25 lbs
2 101.60 lbs
3 92.85 lbs
4 81.35 lbs
5 78.94 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
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
September-2613952Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
15Largemouth Bass
September-2716702Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
10Largemouth Bass
October-0316751Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
12Largemouth Bass
October-1716742Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
22Largemouth Bass