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Lake Information

County: Saline

Acreage: 209

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Yes

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



Bluegill size structure remains constant as most catchable fish are between 6 and 6.5 inches.



Many fish reported and collected during electro fishing surveys are 20 inches or better. A daily catch limit of six fish applies.



Anglers should target crappie around structure using minnows and jigs. Currently there are no size or creel limits for crappie at Harrisburg New City Reservoir.


Very Good

Many fish between 2 to 3 pounds are present, and bass fishing is expected to be good to excellent. Currently there are no size restrictions for bass and the creel limit is 6 fish per day.

Location: The reservoir is located approximately one mile east of Galatia in the wooded rolling terrain in Saline County.

Description: Harrisburg New City Reservoir has a surface area of 209.0 acres and maximum depth of 30.0 feet. Shoreline areas are shallow and the reservoir has a shoreline length of 6.5 miles with a watershed of approximately 2000 acres. Harrisburg New City Reservoir was impounded in 1955 to create the reservoir and provide a public water source. Currently the City of Harrisburg receives well water, eliminating the reservoir as a primary or secondary water source.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Recent survey data suggests Harrisburg New City Reservoir is currently supporting a balanced fishery. Catchable populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie and redear sunfish are present in the reservoir.

Contact Information:
IDNR District Biologist
Kurt Daine

There were 10 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 322

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

1     6.12 lbs
2     5.19 lbs
3     4.88 lbs
4     4.44 lbs
5     4.40 lbs

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

1     76.04 lbs
2     67.36 lbs
3     60.25 lbs
4     52.25 lbs
5     51.75 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?
September-307974ApprovedRamp boat
20Largemouth Bass
October-0610575ApprovedRamp boat
6Largemouth Bass