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EAST FORK LAKE


Lake Information

County: Richland

Acreage: 846

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 25 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? 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

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

The bluegill population declined slightly for the first time in three years. No bluegill greater than 8” were collected, however 12.5% were greater than 7”. Body condition fell to just below the target level. Fishing in the coming year should be fair, with most keepers 6” – 8” in length and 0.25 – 0.33 lbs. Site Regulation: 25 fish/day.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Catfish numbers remain low in East Fork Lake, but the average size of the fish is exceptional. Most fish will range from 3 – 10 pounds with larger fish up to 15 pounds common. Body condition of these fish is excellent. This lake provides some good bank fishing opportunities. Drift fishing the main lake is also very productive. Site Regulation: 6 fish/day.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The size structure of the bass population improved slightly for the second consecutive year. The catch per effort rose significantly. Data from the annual population survey show 24% of the population exceeds the 15” minimum length limit. The number of fish just below the 15" minimum length limit remains high and, if mortality rates can be reduced for bass > 15”, the large number of smaller bass (12” – 14”) should further improve the size structure of the fishery in the coming year. The body condition for all sizes of bass remained relatively stable. Bass fishing should be fair to good in 2017 with most keeper fish ranging from 15” – 17” in length and weighing between 1.6 – 3.3 pounds. Site Regulation: 6 fish/day; 15" minimum length limit.

WALLEYE

Fair

The size structure and size of the walleye population improved for the third year in a row. Four year classes were collected in this year’s survey, and the catch rate improved. The size structure of the population remains good, and with many fish in the 2 – 5 lb. range, this lake should provide quality fishing opportunities for walleye in the coming year. Site Regulation: 6 fish/day.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Good

The white crappie population showed some improvement in the past year. The population is still dominated by a strong year class of 8” – 9.5” fish. All sizes of fish were in good condition. The percentage of fish over 10” in length improved over the past year too, and if growth rates remain good for the large year class of smaller fish, the size structure of the population should improve further in the coming year. For the spring of 2017, most keeper fish will range from 9” – 10.5” in length and weigh from 0.5 – 0.7 lbs with a few larger fish up to 14”. Site Regulation: White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 fish/day collectively.

Location: East Fork Lake is located in Richland County, approximately 1 mile north of Olney Illinois.

Description: East Fork Lake was constructed by the City of Olney in 1971 to serve as a water supply reservoir. The lake has a surface area of 935 acres, a maximum depth of 40 feet, and a mean depth of 15 feet. The lake has 25 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 9,982 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in East Fork Lake is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, white crappie, and channel catfish and is stocked annually with walleye. The lake also contains common carp and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Annual boat stickers and City tournament permits are required. Boat stickers are available at Olney City Hall and local bait shops.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth Bass: 6 fish/day; 15" minimum length limit
Walleye: 6 fish/day
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 fish/day collectively
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 25 fish/day collectively
Channel Catfish: 6 fish/day

Contact Information:
East Fork Lake
Olney City Hall:
618-393-2130
Boone LaHood, IDNR District Biologist
618-393-6732

There were 43 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 1606

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     6.81 lbs
2     6.70 lbs
3     6.37 lbs
4     6.19 lbs
5     5.97 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     282.42 lbs
2     234.26 lbs
3     223.32 lbs
4     213.64 lbs
5     200.89 lbs

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

2018 – 2019 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
March-0911158ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
March-2311160ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
March-2411545ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
March-3011458ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-0610877ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
April-0710634ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
April-0710748ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
14Largemouth Bass
No
April-1311169ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-1411862ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-2711118ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-1111119ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-1811171ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-1910636ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
May-1911060ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
June-0110917ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
June-0211910ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
June-1510913ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
June-2211860ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-2311899ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
June-29June-3011156ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
July-0711192ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-12July-1311174ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
July-1311868ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-1411869ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-2010793ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
14Largemouth Bass
No
July-2012001ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-2711062ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
August-0310937ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-0411193ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-1011122ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-1710895ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
August-1810661ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
September-1510780ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
September-2211550ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-0511176ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-0511200ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
October-0610967ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-1211177ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-1211880ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
October-1311998ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-2610906ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No