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MURPHYSBORO, LAKE


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? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Average

0.1 lbs

5

The bluegill population structure can only be described as average. During the 2015 fall electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

1.8 lbs

18

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.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

N/A

N/A

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 2015 fall electrofishing survey, 49% were over nine-inches in length and 26% were over 10 inches in length.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

1.2 lbs

13

The opportunity to catch bass over 15 inches and weighing 2–3 pounds is good in this lake. During the 2015 fall electrofishing survey, of the largemouth bass collected, 11% measured 15 inches or better. Nine percent of the bass collected were over 18 inches in length, which was the third highest percentage on record. This lake receives more fishing pressure for crappie and bluegill than largemouth bass.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

0.3 lbs

7

The redear population shows more promise. Some redear measuring over 8 inches in length are collected annually in surveys.

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.

Contact Information:
Lake Murphysboro State Park
618-684-2867
IDNR Fish Biologist, Shawn Hirst:
618-687-4546

2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Public?
April-306168Main Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
May-135415Main Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-046415Main Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
June-105416Main Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-085417Main Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-136169Main Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
August-205296Main Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
September-165735Main Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
September-245162Main Ramp Concession (8 boat maximum) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No