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MURPHYSBORO, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 140

Average Depth: 13.71 feet

Shoreline Length: 7.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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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"

1472

2018

Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

731

2019

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

1109

2020

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

5410


Additional information for stocking on MURPHYSBORO, LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Average

The bluegill population structure can only be described as average. During the fall electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 7 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

IDNR stocks 8-10” channel catfish into Lake Murphysboro every year. These annual stockings have produced excellent angling opportunities for 2-5 pound channel catfish. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Good

Lake Murphysboro has a good crappie population consisting of both black and white crappie. Of the crappie collected in the 2019 fall electrofishing survey, 43% were over nine-inches in length and 3% were over 10 inches in length.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

The opportunity to catch bass over 15 inches and weighing 2–3 pounds is excellent in this lake. During the 2019 fall survey, 28% of the bass measured 15 inches or better. Thirteen percent of the bass collected were over 18 inches. This lake receives more fishing pressure for panfish than largemouth bass. The 2019 bass survey was one of the best surveys on record for this lake. Site Regulation: 3 daily limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

The redear population shows more promise than the bluegill population. Redear sunfish over 9 inches are present.

Location: This lake is located within Lake Murphysboro State Park just west of Murphysboro in Jackson County off of State Route 149.

Description: Built in 1950, this 145-acre lake has a shoreline length of 7.5 miles and a maximum depth of 36 feet. Lake Murphysboro has a 10 HP motor limit. Within Lake Murphysboro State Park, there are three campgrounds adjacent to the Lake.

Additional Lake Information: With a 10 HP motor limit and no swimming allowed, Lake Murphysboro receives very little recreational boat traffic throughout the year. There are two boat ramps available for use. There are no concessions at Lake Murphysboro State Park. 2 pole and line fishing only.

FISHING TOURNAMENTS: Tournaments are limited to a maximum of 8 boats.

FISH ATTRACTORS – Maps of Lake Murphysboro fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@Illinois.gov


Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 3 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Lake Murphysboro State Park
618-684-2867
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-559-5009

There were 8 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 269

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

1     6.06 lbs
2     6.02 lbs
3     5.71 lbs
4     5.55 lbs
5     5.48 lbs

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

1 172.13 lbs
2 69.39 lbs
3 57.19 lbs
4 49.72 lbs
5 49.44 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-2516614ApprovedMain Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2615026ApprovedMain Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0215826ApprovedMain Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1516615ApprovedMain Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1616523ApprovedMain Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) bank
hook
0Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2315880ApprovedMain Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
NoNo