JONES STATE LAKE
Average Depth: 12.6 feet
Shoreline Length: 2.7 miles
Boat Fishing? 10hp
Boat Ramps? Yes
Boat Rental? Yes
There are no zebra mussels in this lake.
Lake Status Summary ( Full PDF Report )
Good numbers of crappie are frequently reported from anglers at Jones Lake. Crappie collected in surveys ranged in size from 6 to 12 inches. Anglers should expect good results around fallen trees on the south side of the lake and around fish attractors placed on the north side of the lake.
High densities of largemouth bass tend to maintain quality populations of sunfish in Jones Lake. Keeper size bluegill are between 6.5 and 7.5 inches, with some individuals reaching 8 inches. Fishing for sunfish is expected to be good to excellent.
Catfish collected during population surveys range in size from 12 to 18 inches. The channel catfish population is enhanced by frequent stocking of non-vulnerable channel catfish. As a result excellent fishing opportunities are expected at Jones Lake. A six fish per day creel limit applies for channel catfish.
In the late 1990s, a slot size limit of 14 to 18 inches was implemented to address an overabundance of bass less than 14 inches in total length. The slot limit regulation requires anglers to harvest 5 fish under 14 inches and only one fish greater than 18 inches. All bass between the slot size limit of 14 to 18 inches must be released immediately. Survey results indicate largemouth bass range in size from 4 to 18 inches. The vast majority of bass in Jones Lake still remain under 14 inches, and anglers are encouraged to harvest fish 14 inches or less to help improve largemouth bass growth rates. Fishing for largemouth bass less than 14 inches is expected to be excellent. Fishing for bass greater than 14 inches should be fair as 9 percent of stock-size fish are greater than 14 inches.
Location: Glen O Jones Lake is located in the Saline County Fish and Wildlife Area about 5 miles southeast of Equality in southeastern Illinois.
Description: This site contains 1,248 acres including the lake, which is approximately 105 acres. Jones Lake has a shoreline distance of 2.7 miles and a maximum depth of 33 feet. Anglers can fish from shore or boat as the site has two fishing piers, ample shoreline access and a newly updated boat ramp.
History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Sport fish populations found in Jones Lake include largemouth bass, black crappie, channel catfish, bluegill and redear sunfish.
Additional Lake Information: Jones Lake has a two pole and line fishing regulation and a 10 horsepower or less outboard motor restriction.
Contact Information: IDNR District Biologist, Kurt Daine: 618-949-3432