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Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 140

Average Depth: 13.71 feet

Shoreline Length: 7.4 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.

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Fish Status



The bluegill population structure can only be described as average. During the 2016 fall electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.



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.



Lake Murphysboro has an excellent crappie population consisting of both black and white crappie. Crappie over 2 pounds are caught each year. Of the crappie collected in the 2016 fall electrofishing survey, 78% were over nine-inches in length and 11% were over 10 inches in length.



The opportunity to catch bass over 15 inches and weighing 2–3 pounds is good in this lake. During the 2016 fall survey, 12% of the bass measured 15 inches or better. Five percent of the bass collected were over 18 inches. This lake receives more fishing pressure for panfish than largemouth bass. Site Regulation: 3 daily limit.



The redear population shows more promise. Of the redear collected, 56% were over 8 inches in length.

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.

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

Fish Attractors:

Contact Information:
Lake Murphysboro State Park
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst

There were 11 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 294

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     5.88 lbs
2     5.81 lbs
3     5.21 lbs
4     4.94 lbs
5     4.50 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1 210.06 lbs
2 77.25 lbs
3 62.25 lbs
4 61.31 lbs
5 57.44 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.

2019-2020 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
July-2615026ApprovedMain Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
8Largemouth Bass