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COFFEEN LAKE


Lake Information

County: Montgomery

Acreage: 1070

Average Depth: 18.7 feet

Shoreline Length: 47.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 25hp

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.

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUE CATFISH

Developing

Blue catfish are now being stocked to create a new trophy catfish fishery.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

During our fall 2015 sample, we collected channel catfish ranging from 8” to 15.5” and weighing up to 1.1 lbs. For some odd reason we did not see this species much during this sample. Site regulation: All jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

Crappie are a popular sport fishery at this lake. The crappie numbers appear low but size and growth appear excellent with many exceeding 10 inches. It appears natural reproduction of crappie is limited. Black crappie will continue to be stocked if available to maintain this fishery.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Excellent

Though numbers are uncertain, we capture several 20 to 50 pound individuals each year. From talking to anglers and reading articles, good numbers of this species are caught, with some much larger than 50 pounds.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

Coffeen Lake has a solid largemouth bass fishery in place. Reproduction has improved, and fish appear to be recruiting well into larger sizes. The numbers were very good in this survey and have been very consistent in recent years. The size structure of the bass continues to improve with a high percentage of fish reaching 15 inches and many reaching 18 inches. Site regulation:15" minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Fair

The redear sunfish numbers and size quality were not as good in this year’s survey but this species may provide a quality panfish opportunity in a lake with a very poor bluegill population.

Location: Coffeen Lake is located in southeast Montgomery County, seven miles southeast of Hillsboro, IL.

Description: Coffeen Lake is 1,102 acres with a shoreline length of 47.9 miles, a watershed of 11,001 acres, a maximum depth of 58 feet, and an average depth 18.7 feet. The lake is under a management agreement between The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and AmerenUE for outdoor recreation and conservation purposes. The lake is a cooling facility for Ameren's coal-fired power station.

Coffeen Lake has a 25 hp out-board motor limit. There are two concrete boat ramps, with one at the far north end of the lake, and the main ramp near the site office. There is no concession stand on the site, but gear can be acquired at a private business just west of the site office.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Approximately 20 species have been collected on this water body. Coffeen Lake now receives periodic stockings of black crappie; the pure striped bass stockings have been discontinued due to an increase in water temperatures.

Additional Lake Information: Coffeen Lake has a 25 hp out-board motor limit. There are two concrete boat ramps, with one at the far north end of the lake, and the main ramp near the site office. There is no concession stand on the site, but gear can be acquired at a private business just west of the site office.

Site Regulations
Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass: 15" minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit
Crappie — black, white, or hybrid: 10” minimum length limit; 10 fish daily limit

Angler must be in attendance when jug fishing.

Contact Information:
Coffeen Lake
217-537-3351
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Tad Locher
217-720-0235

There were 52 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 3173

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     6.22 lbs
2     5.97 lbs
3     5.94 lbs
4     5.88 lbs
5     5.57 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     393.64 lbs
2     380.19 lbs
3     324.30 lbs
4     304.73 lbs
5     289.55 lbs


Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2019 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
September-0810976Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2113530Approvednorth ramp 6th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-2210688Approvednorth ramp 6th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-2812788Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0510790Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-0610986Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-1210796Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-1311322Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1912297Approvednorth ramp 6th Ave. boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-2010802Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-2610806Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-2713531Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
November-0310989Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
November-0910815Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
November-1010821Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
November-1610826Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
November-1710835Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
November-3012298Approvednorth ramp 6th Ave. boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
December-0110839Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
December-1410842Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
December-1510995Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
December-2112299Approvednorth ramp 6th Ave. boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
December-2210846Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
December-2810851Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes