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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.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Black Crappie

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 8"

384

2018

Black Crappie

Fingerling 1 - 4 "

10597

2018

Bluegill

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 8"

2681

2018

Bluegill

Fingerling 1 - 4 "

11324

2019

Black Crappie

Fingerling 1 - 4 "

43339


Additional information for stocking on COFFEEN 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 49 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2019.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 2553

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

1     6.17 lbs
2     6.02 lbs
3     5.94 lbs
4     5.92 lbs
5     5.81 lbs

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

1 380.00 lbs
2 327.51 lbs
3 284.11 lbs
4 279.27 lbs
5 276.47 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
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
April-0414211Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0515472Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1114298Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1116194Pendingsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1813859Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1813894Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1914186Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
YesNo
April-1914372Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2513901Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-2614608Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0216195Pendingsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-0913911Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1613920Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1713912Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2315473Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-3016272Pendingsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0613884Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0714048Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1313927Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2015474Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2713936Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1113944Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1216191Pendingsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2513948Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0813958Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1514800Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-2616277Pendingsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-2714731Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0313965Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-17
*October-18
14266Approvednorth ramp 6th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-1814492Approvedsouth ramp 4th Ave. boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo