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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.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

31512

2019

Channel Catfish

Adult

376

2019

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

33169

2020

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

41450


Additional information for stocking on EAST FORK LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

The bluegill population structure improved from last year. Average bluegill body condition improved above target. There was an increase in the number of bluegill greater than 7”, but few bluegill over 8” were collected. Angling for bluegill in the coming year should be fair with most keepers 6” – 8” in length and 0.2 – 0.33 lbs.

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. Body condition of these fish is good. This lake provides some good bank fishing opportunities. Drift fishing the main lake is also very productive.

CRAPPIE

Good

The white crappie population structure remained good, but catch rates decreased. The body condition for all sizes of white crappie improved this year. The percentage of white crappie over 10” in length remained good. The black crappie population appeared to also be doing well. Body condition remained stable and above target. Black crappie catch rates remained high and the majority of the fish were between 8” and 10”, with some fish approaching 12”. If growth rates remain good, the size structure of the populations should improve further in the coming years. In 2020, most keeper fish will range from 8” – 11” in length and weigh from 0.25 – 0.8 pounds with a few larger fish over 12”.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The size structure of the bass population remained fairly stable, but shifted slightly from last year. There was a decrease in the percentage of bass in the 12” – 15” size range, but the percentage of adult bass exceeding the 15” minimum improved from 27% to 33%. The catch rate rose for the fourth straight year and the body condition for all sizes of bass improved to above the minimum target. Fishing prospects for the coming year should be similar to last year, with most keeper bass ranging from 15” – 20” in length and weighing between 1.5 – 4 pounds.

WALLEYE

Good

The size structure and size of the walleye population remained good this year. Five year classes were collected in this year’s survey, and the catch rate was almost 13 per hour during the electrofishing survey and just over 4.5 fish per net-night in the net survey. With many fish in the 2 – 5 lb. range, this lake should provide quality fishing opportunities for walleye in the coming year.

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 daily limit; 15" minimum length limit
Walleye: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 fish daily limit collectively
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 25 fish daily limit collectively
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit

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

There were 62 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 2261

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

1     6.90 lbs
2     6.50 lbs
3     6.10 lbs
4     5.89 lbs
5     5.83 lbs

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

1 285.37 lbs
2 280.87 lbs
3 269.34 lbs
4 267.49 lbs
5 229.79 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?
September-1914289ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2616482ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
21Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2714822ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1014343ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1014870ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1115020ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1715105ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1814819ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2515060ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo