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REND LAKE

REND LAKE FISHING GUIDE


Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 18900

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 162 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Nason Access Turnip Patch North Marina Gun Creek Marcum Access Ina Access


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
     Dam West, Gun Creek, Ina Access, Marcum Access,
     Nason Access, North Marina, Turnip Patch

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

17822

2018

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

24008

2019

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

25280

2019

Threadfin Shad

Fingerling 1 - 3"

5000


Additional information for stocking on REND LAKE



Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Good

The size structure of the bluegill population remained stable. Bluegill will be abundant in the coming year with most keepers 6.5"- 8" in length and averaging 1/3 lb or less with a few larger fish reaching 1/2 lb. With above average growth rates and excellent body condition, the population should continue to provide good fishing in the coming year.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

The fishing prospects for channel catfish remain excellent for the coming year. Natural reproduction and recruitment continue to be very strong, and are responsible for maintaining the large population of fish in the lake. The condition of these fish is fair and growth rates are good. In the coming year, channel catfish from 1 – 3.5 pounds should be abundant with larger fish up to 6 pounds common. This lake remains one of the premier channel catfish waters in southern Illinois, and should remain on your list of places to fish for channels in 2020.

CRAPPIE

Very Good

The portion of the crappie population comprised of fish over 10” in length is over 35%. For 2020, crappie 10"-12" in length and averaging 1/2 to 1+ pound will should provide some quality angling opportunities. Crappie 8”- 10” remain abundant as well and will also contribute to the creel. The number of crappie over 12” in length remains stable and relatively low. The condition of all sizes of crappie is very good. Regulations will remain unchanged in 2020, but the population will be monitored closely. Site Regulation: White, Black or Hybrid Crappie: 25 daily limit, not more than 10 exceeding 10".

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Fair

Six striped bass hybrids were collected in the 2019 fall survey. The hybrids collected were 14-15 inches in length and weighed 1-2 pounds. Site Regulation: 20 daily limit, not more than 3 exceeding 17"

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Average

The bass population for 2020 will be average. However, two excellent spawns in 2018-2019 will result in more bass reaching the 14 inch size limit in 2020 and 2021. based on the 2019 fall survey, the percentage of the population exceeding the 14" minimum length limit was 22%. Another 13% of the bass population was between 12-14 inches or just below the 14 inch length limit. The number of larger bass over 18" in length remains stable but low. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit.

WHITE BASS

Very Good

The number of white bass collected in the fall 2019 electrofishing survey was more than double the 5-year average. Fishing should be good in 20207. Anglers can expect the catchable population to be largely comprised of fish 12”- 16” in length and weighing 0.5 – 1.5 pounds. Site Regulation: 20 daily limit, not more than 3 exceeding 17".

Location: Rend Lake is located in Franklin and Jefferson counties along IL Interstate 57 approximately 15 miles south of Mt. Vernon and just northwest of Benton.

Description: Rend Lake was completed in 1971 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake was formed by constructing a 2-mile-long dam across the Big Muddy River floodplain. At normal pool, Rend Lake has a surface area of 18,900 acres, a maximum depth of 35 feet, and a mean depth of 10 feet. The lake is thirteen miles long and three miles wide and has 162 miles of shoreline. It is the second largest impoundment in Illinois.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: There are more than 30 species of fish in Rend Lake. In addition to traditional sport fish, Rend Lake also contains large populations of carp, buffalo, gar, drum, and shad. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Largemouth, Smallmouth or Spotted Bass: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
White, Black or Hybrid Crappie: 25 daily limit, not more than 10 exceeding 10"
White, Yellow or Hybrid Striped Bass: 20 daily limit, not more than 3 exceeding 17"

Contact Information:
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
618-629-2320
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst 618-559-5009
Rend Lake COE 618-724-249

There were 73 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Channel Catfish 150
Common Carp 112
Crappie 350
Largemouth Bass 4303
Spotted Gar 40

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

1     7.58 lbs
2     6.91 lbs
3     6.86 lbs
4     6.86 lbs
5     6.72 lbs

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

1 702.13 lbs
2 576.31 lbs
3 509.13 lbs
4 500.49 lbs
5 492.88 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?
May-3116486ApprovedDam West (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Crappie
NoNo
June-0316503PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0516381ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
YesYes
June-0614408ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
YesYes
June-0614896ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0713856ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
65Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0714509ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0714838PendingGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0715833ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1016504PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1315017ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
70Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1413975ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1416388ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1716505PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2013740ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-20
*June-21
15135ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-2116472ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2315379ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2416506PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2713980ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2715280ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) bank
bow
0Multiple SpeciesYesNo
June-2814743ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2815018ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
70Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2816144ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-0116507PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-0816508PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1113978ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
125Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
NoYes
July-1114479ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1214543ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1215674ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1516509PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1813998ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1814845ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1913904ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
65Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1913968ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2115380ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2216510PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2516377ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2615675ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2615707ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2615957ApprovedSouth Marcum (50 boat limit) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2916511PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0213741ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0516512PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0814484ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0815676ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0916378ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1216513PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1614008ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1815381ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1916514PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-22
*August-23
14315ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2216379ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2316473ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2616515PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2914107ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
17Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2916548PendingGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
August-3015677ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1215203ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1314480ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
150Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1515382ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1716110ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
YesYes
September-1914017ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-26
*September-27
15136ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-2615678ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-2713742ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-03
*October-04
14464ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
30Multiple SpeciesNoYes
October-0415832ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-10
*October-11
14790ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
October-1016344ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
150Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-1115409ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
25Crappie
NoNo
October-17
*October-18
14267ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1714966ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
November-1416390ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
December-0616526ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes