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KINKAID LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 2750

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Wilson Schneider Bay Marina Fish and Wildlife Johnson Creek Thompson Neck


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
    Fish & Wildlife Area, Johnson Creek, Marina, Thompson Neck,
    Wilson Schneider Bay

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population structure is poor. During the 2016 spring electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

Kinkaid Lake has an excellent and underutilized channel catfish population.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

Kinkaid Lake is known for producing large crappie. Crappie over 2 pounds are caught each year, and at least two 4-pound crappie have been caught in the last 4 years. Blacknose crappie were first stocked in 2010. Legal-sized blacknose crappie were first caught in 2013. 49% of the crappie collected during the spring 2016 survey were over the minimum nine-inch length limit. Site Regulation: White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Fair

Surveys indicate that a small number of flathead catfish are present.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Of the bass collected during the 2016 spring survey, 14% were over the minimum 16 inch size limit and 10% were over 18 inches. Ten percent of all largemouth bass collected were between 15-16 inches.Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

Kinkaid Lake is one of the premier muskie lakes in Illinois. Muskie are stocked annually and many are caught each year in excess of 40 inches. During the 2016 spring survey muskies collected measured up to 45.3 inches in length. Anglers are encouraged to NOT fish for muskie in the warmer summer months as angling mortality is believed to be very high especially, for larger muskie. Please report tagged MUE to IDNR Fish Biologist Shawn Hirst at 618-687-4546 or email at Shawn.Hirst@illinois.gov. Anglers reporting a tagged muskie will receive information on the history of that fish. If the tag number is covered with algae, simply scrape the algae away with your fingernail or a knife. Please provide tag number (5 digits), length, and catch date. Please do not remove the tag. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

The redear population is average. Of the redear collected in the 2016 spring electrofishing survey, 12% were over eight-inches in length.

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Developing

IDNR first stocked smallmouth bass into Kinkaid Lake in 2005. The first documented legal-sized smallmouth (>16”) was observed in 2010. During 2012, numerous legal-sized smallmouth bass were caught with the largest reported fish measuring 18 inches. IDNR is not aware of any smallmouths caught during 2016. An additional 1000 smallmouth bass (4.5 inch average length) were stocked in August of 2016. These fish do not appear to be recruiting in Kinkaid Lake, and no additional SMB stockings are planned. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit.

WALLEYE

Good

IDNR annually stocks walleye into Kinkaid Lake, and fish up to 11 pounds have been collected in netting surveys. Walleye numbers are not high, but trophy-sized fish can be caught. The best areas are in front of the dam and spillway during spring high water events. During 2016 trap netting, the largest fish collected measured 27 inches and 9.9 pounds. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit.

Location: Kinkaid Lake is located in Jackson County three miles northwest of Murphysboro off of State Route 149.

Description: There are 3 public boat launching facilities around the Lake. Kinkaid Lake is 2750 acres in size, has a shoreline length of 82 miles and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The NW portion of the Lake consists of a 3-mile no-wake zone.

Additional Lake Information: Kinkaid Lake receives a tremendous amount of recreational boat traffic during the hot summer months especially on the weekends and holidays. To avoid the crowd, anglers may consider fishing early in the morning and/or during the week. The upper NW portion of Kinkaid Lake is referred to as the Johnson Creek Area. About 3 miles of this area is a no wake zone that gets very turbid for multiple days after heavy rain events. Threadfin shad are stocked into this lake when available as a supplemental forage base. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig.

Tagged Fish: Please report tagged muskie to the Department of Natural Resources at 618-687-4546. Please provide tag number, length of muskie, and catch date.

Fishing Tournaments: Any fishing tournament with 50 or more anglers or 25 or more boats must obtain a permit from the Kinkaid-Reed- Creek Conservancy District (618-687-1722) in addition to the tournament permit from the IDNR. No tournaments requiring permits are allowed during June-July-August.

Maps of 50 permanent Kinkaid Lake fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@Illinois.gov.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth/smallmouth bass: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit
Muskie: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit
White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit
Walleye: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Kinkaid Lake Fish and Wildlife Area
618-684-2867
IDNR Fish Biologist, Shawn Hirst:
618-687-4546

There were 56 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2016.

Species Total Fish Caught
Crappie 274
Largemouth Bass 1438
Muskellunge 39

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this
waterbody in 2016 tournaments:

1     7.31 lbs
2     6.44 lbs
3     6.21 lbs
4     6.20 lbs
5     6.06 lbs

2018 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
April-078292Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-087737Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-088338Paul Ice boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-147892Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-158078Paul Ice boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
April-21April-227398Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
25Muskellunge
Yes
April-218011Paul Ice boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
No
April-28April-298112Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Muskellunge
Yes
May-047743Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-048336Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
10Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
May-057749Paul Ice boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
May-058411Paul Ice boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
May-068147Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-127893Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-257745Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-028331Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
June-037895Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-098002Paul Ice boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
June-108352Paul Ice boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-177961Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
July-087896Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-14July-157995Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
July-158353Paul Ice boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-21July-227963Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
August-047897Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-118128Paul Ice boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-198348Paul Ice boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-258305Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
August-267435Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
September-087898Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-098193Paul Ice boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-168083Paul Ice boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
September-228287Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
September-298293Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-067899Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-13October-147652Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
October-13October-148116Paul Ice boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
October-20October-218114Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Muskellunge
Yes
October-217977Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
November-03November-047460Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
25Muskellunge
Yes