SAM DALE LAKE
Boat Fishing? 10hp
Boat Ramps? Yes
Boat Rental? Yes
Trout stocked in fall
Trout stocked in spring
There are no zebra mussels in this lake.
Lake Status Summary ( Full PDF Report )
Similar to the previous two years, large numbers of bluegill were collected in 2015, and their size varied widely from 3 to 7.5 inches. Fish over 6 inches comprised 52% of the sample, while 12% were larger than 7 inches. Body condition of bluegill was very good.
Ten channel catfish were collected per hour in Sam Dale Lake during the 2015 survey, and these fish ranged in size from 17 to 28 inches. The body condition of these fish was very good. Channel catfish are stocked annually to maintain the population. Site Regulation: 6 per day creel.
Largemouth bass were collected in Sam Dale Lake at a very impressive rate in fall 2015, and 32% were larger than 12 inches. Approximately 19% of these fish were also larger than the 14-inch minimum size limit. Body condition of Sam Dale largemouth bass was very good. Site Regulation: 14 inch length limit, 6 per day creel.
A remnant population of pure muskellunge exists in Sam Dale Lake as a result of stockings related to a statewide research project. Three small muskellunge were collected during the fall 2015 survey, averaging 13 to 14 inches in length. Site Regulation: 48 inch length limit, 1 per day creel.
Redear were much less abundant than bluegill, as usual, in 2015. However, quality of these fish was impressive, with 100% over 8 inches in length. Redear body condition was also excellent.
The white crappie population in Sam Dale Lake is somewhat stunted with many fish 6 to 9 inches in length, and the fall 2015 survey revealed the presence of fish 6 to 10.5 inches with moderate body condition.
Location: Sam Dale Lake is located in northwestern Wayne County within Sam Dale Lake State Park five miles northwest of Johnsonville, Illinois.
Description: Sam Dale Lake is a relatively fertile, 194-acre, IDNR-owned impoundment. The lake is largely surrounded by forest and has two boat ramps.
History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Rainbow trout are also stocked into the Dale Lake Trout Pond in the spring and fall.
Additional Lake Information: Boats are allowed on the lake but are limited to 10 horsepower.
Contact Information: Sam Dale State Park 618-835-2292Chris Bickers, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist: 618-993-7094
|2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments|
|Start Date||End Date |
(if different from start)
|April-29||6058||Sam Dale boat ramp||boathook||20||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-30||5798||Sam Dale boat ramp||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-06||5978||Sam Dale boat ramp||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-07||4496||Sam Dale boat ramp||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|June-17||4487||Sam Dale boat ramp||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|July-09||5805||Sam Dale boat ramp||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|August-20||5808||Sam Dale boat ramp||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|