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BORAH LAKE


Lake Information

County: Richland

Acreage: 125

Average Depth: 10.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 15 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? No

Camping? No


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

4004

2019

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2800


Additional information for stocking on BORAH LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Good

Bluegill growth rates remain good. Electrofishing catch rates increased, and body condition of all sizes of fish improved from last year. There are also some very large redear in the lake ranging from 8” – 10” in length and weighing between 0.4 – 1.25 pounds. Overall, the sunfish population remains in good shape and should provide some quality fishing in the coming year.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

The channel catfish population is in good shape. Their condition is very good. The size structure of the catfish population remains good and should provide some good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Fish in the 1 – 6 pound range should be common, with some nearing 10 pounds. Site regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Good

Both black and white crappie are present in the lake and the size structure and condition for both of these species are fair. The electrofishing catch rates and body condition improved for both species. Most crappie are expected to be between 6” – 8”, with some fish exceeding 10” and weighing more than ½ of a pound. Crappie fishing should be fair to good in the coming year.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The size structure of the largemouth bass population remains good. Average body condition improved slightly from last year’s sample, and all sizes classes of bass met or exceeded the lake management plan goals. Currently 18% of the adult bass population exceeds the 14” minimum length limit. Approximately 58% of the total bass population is comprised of fish from the 8” – 14” size group and their average body condition is good. Bass fishing should be fair to good in 2020, with most keeper fish ranging from 14” – 18” in length and weighing 1 – 3 pounds.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

There are some very large redear in the lake ranging from 8” – 10” in length and weighing between 0.4 -1.25 pounds. Overall the sunfish population remains in very good shape and should provide some quality fishing in the coming year.

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

Description: Borah Lake was constructed by the City of Olney in 1954 to serve as a water supply reservoir. Borah Lake has a surface area of 137 acres, a maximum depth of 26 feet, and a mean depth of 11 feet. The lake has 15 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 2,155 acres.

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

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

Site regulations:
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

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

There were 17 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 508

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

1     5.49 lbs
2     5.47 lbs
3     5.27 lbs
4     4.85 lbs
5     4.72 lbs

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

1 99.85 lbs
2 92.75 lbs
3 83.40 lbs
4 74.09 lbs
5 69.71 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?
July-1814126ApprovedRamp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
YesNo
July-2216551ApprovedRamp boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0914182ApprovedRamp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1216004ApprovedRamp boat
hook
5Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1514183ApprovedRamp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2915022ApprovedRamp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1914883ApprovedRamp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2414809ApprovedRamp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo