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Lake Information

County: Morgan

Acreage: 112

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



This population is poor. Bluegill collected had excellent relative weights, but no fish collected exceeded 7”.



The largest fish measured 22” and 5.5lbs. Non-vulnerable Channel Catfish were stocked in 2018. There is a lack of predators and the lake is turbid, which suggests that catfish should be doing well, however our surveys are not revealing a high-quality Channel Catfish fishery. Hopefully the 2018 Channel Catfish stocking will improve this fishery.



Flathead Catfish are currently not found in Waverly Lake. A Flathead Catfish stocking program is planned for 2019. Gizzard Shad and Common Carp are abundant and could provide good forage for Flathead Catfish, so these large predators may do well in this lake.



The bass population remains poor. Of the fish collected in the 2017 population survey, the body condition was good, however the structural indices as well as the catch rate indicate a very low density. There is little reproduction and recruitment. The largest bass collected measured 20” and weighed 5.27lbs.

Location: Waverly Lake is in Morgan County, 3 miles northwest of Waverly, and 23 miles southwest of Springfield.

Description: The lake is 119 acres and is mostly surrounded by hardwood timber offering an abundance of submerged snags and stumps for fish habitat.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Other species collected during the population survey included Black Bullhead, Common Carp, Freshwater Drum, Green Sunfish, Gizzard Shad, Yellow Bullhead, and Yellow Bass.

Additional Lake Information: The lake has one boat ramp on the south side of the lake on Waverly Lake Road.

Two pole and line fishing only and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing.

Site Regulations:
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily harvest limit
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily harvest limit; 15” minimum length limit

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Blake Ruebush

There were 5 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 24

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

1     6.28 lbs
2     5.22 lbs
3     4.93 lbs
4     3.94 lbs
5     3.94 lbs

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

1 42.67 lbs
2 13.75 lbs
3 8.94 lbs
4 2.00 lbs
5 0.00 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
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
May-3115794PendingWaverly Lake Ramp (waverly lake Rd.) boat
7Largemouth Bass
August-1515402ApprovedWaverly Lake Ramp (waverly lake Rd.) boat
12Largemouth Bass
October-2515407ApprovedWaverly Lake Ramp (waverly lake Rd.) boat
12Largemouth Bass