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Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 214

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

Bluegill abundance in West Frankfort New City Lake in 2016 was high and similar to the previous year. The quality of the fish collected in sampling was fair with 25% larger than 6 inches and, as in the previous year, none were larger than the 7-inch mark. Bluegill body condition remained excellent.



Fair numbers of channel catfish were included in the 2016 survey, and sizes ranged from 17 to 26 inches with excellent body condition. The channel catfish population of West Frankfort New City Lake is maintained by supplemental stockings accomplished every other year. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



Good numbers of white crappie were included in the 2016 West Frankfort New City Lake sample, and these fish ranged from 6 to 13 inches in length. Average body condition was slightly substandard, an indication of an overcrowded condition relative to the available food supply. Black crappie ranged from 6 to 8 inches in length, also with substandard body condition.


Very Good

Largemouth bass were found in West Frankfort New City Lake in adequate numbers in spring 2016, and body condition of these fish was excellent. 97% were larger than 12 inches, 50% were over 15 inches, and 14% exceeded 18 inches in length. All of these indices represent record highs for largemouth bass in West Frankfort New City Lake. Site Regulation: 15 inch length limit, 3 fish daily limit.

Location: West Frankfort New City Lake is located approximately 5 miles east of West Frankfort, Illinois and just south of Route 149 in Franklin County.

Description: West Frankfort New City Lake is a 214-acre city-owned impoundment. The lake is mostly surrounded by homes and has a concrete boat ramp.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15 inch length limit, 3 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
IDNR District Biologist, Luke Nelson:

There were 7 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 62

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

1     4.06 lbs
2     4.06 lbs
3     3.50 lbs
4     3.25 lbs
5     3.19 lbs

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

2018 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
August-0710079ApprovedRamp boat
10Largemouth Bass
September-0410080ApprovedRamp boat
10Largemouth Bass