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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


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Very 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 catch rate for channel catfish increased for the second consecutive year, and remained excellent. 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 2017.

CRAPPIE

Improving

The size structure of the crappie population declined significantly in 2013 and 2014, but improved in 2015 and remained stable in 2016. The portion of the crappie population comprised of fish over 10” in length remained at 14%. This is still below the target of 20% of the population, but significantly higher than the low mark in 2014. The catch rate fell from a record high of 123 crappie per net-night in 2014 to 64 per net-night in 2016. This decline combined with the improved size structure of the population suggests mortality and growth rates are both high enough to prevent the population from stunting. With stable growth rates, the size structure of the population should improve even further in the coming year. For 2017, crappie 10"-12" in length and averaging 1/2 to 1+ pound will be abundant enough to 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 remains near the low end of the target range. Crappie reproduction was strong in 2016 for the fourth consecutive year. Regulations will remain unchanged in 2017, but the population will be monitored closely. Site Regulation: White, Black or Hybrid Crappie: 25 daily limit, not more than 10 exceeding 10".

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The size structure of the bass population improved over the past year, and data from the most recent population survey show all population indices still remained within the target goals and the condition of all sizes of fish is excellent. The percentage of the population exceeding the 14" minimum length limit increased 36%. Currently 38% of the adult bass population exceeds the 14-inch minimum length limit. The excellent bass body condition is the direct result of another large shad population. With the abundant food supply, bass growth rates should be excellent, and this should help to improve the size structure of the population even further in the coming year. Bass fishing in 2017 should be similar to 2016. The majority of fish above the minimum length limit will be 14” – 19” and weigh between 1.5 – 4 pounds. The number of larger bass over 20" 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 2016 electrofishing survey fell significantly. Difficult sampling conditions likely influenced this decline. Reproduction was good in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and white bass fishing was good throughout most of 2016. Fishing should be good in 2017. Anglers can expect the catchable population to be largely comprised of fish 12”- 16” in length and weighing 0.6 – 2 pounds. A smaller group of fish 6” – 8” in length will also contribute to the creel. Site Regulation: 20 daily limit, not more than 3 exceeding 17".

Detailed fishing report   

Fishing Report

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

7-17-2017

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good using minnows spinnerbaits, worms & black/blue jigs. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks.

7-17-2017

CRAPPIE

Excellent using meal worms, qtr oz pink/white tube jigs, small & medium minnows. Shallow water! Fish attractors! From shore, fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. Try the Jackie Branch Breakwater and along Mine 21 Road. Fish the main lake drop off areas.

7-17-2017

BLUEGILL

Good using small jigs, worms, meal worms, wax worms & crickets. From shore try Sailboat Harbor and Mine 21 Road. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks.

7-17-2017

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent using large minnows, leeches, Hoss Hawg Bait, nightcrawlers & Sonny Stink Bait. Try leeches in moving water. Drift fish the flats. Set line 3 to 4 feet from the shore over rocks. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area.

7-17-2017

WHITE BASS

Good using inline spinners, jig & curly tail grubs. Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges. Fish around along the rocks and drop-offs Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes.

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: Tournaments: For tournament permits, contact Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park at 618-629-2320.

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
Mike Hooe, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist: 618-393-6732
Rend Lake Resort: 618-629-2211
Rend Lake Marina: 618-724-7651

2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Public?
July-235278Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-237001Gun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
July-267024Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-294439Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-305279Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-027025Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-054521Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-066478Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-067085South Sandusky boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-097026Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-124324Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-127052Gun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp) boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
No
August-127138Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-134381Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
August-135280Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-167027Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-196950Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-204440Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-204753Gun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp) boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
No
August-204974North Marcum boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
August-237028Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-275281Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-276072Gun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-307029Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-094522Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-105087Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-16September-174357Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
200Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Yes
September-165192Gun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-234442Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-237130Gun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-244701Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-245473Gun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
September-305282Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-07October-085070Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-154565Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-216425Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
70Crappie
Yes
October-27October-295071Sailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks) boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes