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Lake Information

County: Schuyler

Acreage: 191

Average Depth: 12.37 feet

Shoreline Length: 12.3 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

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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Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The Bluegill population is stunted, with most between 4 - 6". Fish near cover such as brush piles, stumps, or weed beds and drop your bait as close as possible to the cover. Use a small bobber to keep the bait off the bottom. The most popular bait is a nightcrawler on a small hook, but crickets and grasshoppers work well during summer.



Channel catfish have a fair population with little reproduction. The largest catfish collected in the last survey was nearly 21 inches and weighed 3.4 pounds. Nightcrawlers and prepared baits fish on the bottom are effective.



Crappie are small and stunted under 8" with a few big ones.Fish near stumps, brush piles or other such cover. Small minnows are the most common bait and these should be hooked high in the back on a small hook with a bobber 2 to 3 feet above the hook. Nightcrawlers can also be used effectively in early spring. When crappie start schooling before spawning (April and May) leadhead jigs and spinners become productive and may be used in combination with a lip-hooked minnow. Usually the best months are March, April and May; then fishing picks up again in the fall.


Very Good

The population of largemouth bass is dominated by fish under 2.5 pounds. Recent surveys shows fish in good condition with the largest bass being 20", 5.3 pounds. The best fishing for bass is around structure. The local bait shop recommends spinner baits and plastic worms.

Location: Schuy-Rush Lake is Located in Schuyler County in west-central Illinois ust off US Route 67 between Rushville and Beardstown.

Description: Schuy-Rush Lake is a 225-acre artificial impound with a maximum depth of 40 feet, an average depth of 14 feet, and a shoreline length of 9.3 miles. It is currently used for recreation and supplemental water supply.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The lake was constructed in 1975 as part of a PL 566 project. It receives supplemental stockings of pure muskellunge. There is one boat ramp hallway up the western shore and some shoreline fishing is available.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. There is one boat ramp halfway up the western shore. There is horsepower restriction on the lake.

Contact Information:
IDNR District Biologist
Nerissa McClelland

There were 12 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2016.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 385

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this
waterbody in 2016 tournaments:

1     6.80 lbs
2     6.12 lbs
3     5.90 lbs
4     5.88 lbs
5     5.62 lbs