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SCHUY-RUSH LAKE


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.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

The bluegill population at Schuy-Rush Lake is characterized by a high density of fish measuring 4–6” in less than desirable body condition. Bluegill populations do not tend to thrive in the presence of gizzard shad. Gizzard shad and bluegill compete for the same food source, therefore show poor growth rates and reduced maximum size. Anglers can catch bluegill on their spawning beds in the spring or near shoreline cover year round with worms, crickets, or night crawlers.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

The channel catfish population is excellent. The population is composed of fish measuring up to 37” and 9 pounds. Channel catfish are able to reproduce and recruit into the catchable population naturally in Schuy-Rush Lake because of its high level of turbidity. The spring 2016 trap net survey revealed Channel catfish were in excellent body condition. Anglers can catch channel catfish near deadfalls and stickups in the warmer months throughout the lake using bottom fishing techniques with cut bait, shrimp, chicken livers or night crawlers. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

The largemouth bass population is doing well at Schuy-Rush Lake. The 2016 fall electrofishing survey showed that most all population indices were within or exceeding the desired ranges. We collected a total bass ranging from 5.5 – 21” and weighing up to 6.1 lbs. Our survey showed 32% of the catchable population measuring over 15”, 15% measuring over 18”, and 6% measuring over 20”. Bass at Schuy-Rush are in good body condition. Anglers can catch largemouth bass off of points, deadfalls, and stickups in the warmer months of the year with plastic worms, jigs, spinners, crank baits, minnows, crayfish and worms. Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit, 6 fish daily limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Average

Little is known about the muskie population at Schuy-Rush Lake. Annual Muskie stocking began at Schuy-Rush in 2006, with the exception of a few low production years. The 2016 trap net and electrofishing surveys resulted in 6 muskie collected measuring 14 – 40.5” weighing up to 21 pounds. Anglers can catch muskie in the spring and fall around beds of aquatic vegetation using minnows, spinners, spoons, jigs, jerk and crank baits.

SAUGER

Developing

A group of sauger fry were stocked in 2014. We collected four sauger measuring between 12 – 14.5” during the fall 2016 electrofishing survey. Sauger may do better in Schuy-Rush Lake as they can withstand more turbid water conditions than walleye. Sauger will be stocked annually for a few years, as State Hatchery production allows, and stocking success will be evaluated thereafter.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Good

The white crappie population continues to be doing great as far as quantity, but the quality could be improved.The 2016 fall fish survey showed the population still displays a bottle neck at 7–9”. Sixty-five percent of crappie collected in 2016 measured between 6–9” and were in poor body condition. The high density of crappie in this size range is reducing growth potential due to competition for food resources. Anglers can catch white crappie around submerged structures throughout the lake in the spring and fall with spinners, jigs and minnows. A new crappie regulation implemented on April 1, 2017 will help reduce crowding at 7–9”, reduce the bottle neck effect, and increase growth rates, which should help produce larger, fatter crappie of harvestable size. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit of which no more than 10 can measure greater or equal to 10”.

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 was constructed as part of a flood control projects and is presently used for recreation. There are several houses situated around the lake and the city maintains a small park and camping area at the north end. The lake has a maximum depth of approximately 40 ft. and an average depth of approximately 13 ft. Siltation has greatly reduced its original storage capacity and the lake has lost an estimated 25 surface acres above the U.S. Route 67 highway bridge. The lake has one concrete boat ramp on the NW edge, has unrestricted boat fishing, and offers camping and picnicking. No boat rental, skiing, or swimming is offered or allowed.

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

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15” minimum length limit, 6 fish daily limit
Crappie – 25 fish daily limit of which no more than 10 can measure greater or equal to 10”
Channel catfish – 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
IDNR District Biologist
Blake Bushman
309-453-1010

There were 10 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 347

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     5.90 lbs
2     5.77 lbs
3     5.74 lbs
4     5.52 lbs
5     5.47 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     140.35 lbs
2     86.13 lbs
3     66.50 lbs
4     63.19 lbs
5     57.64 lbs