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ASHLAND NEW RESERVOIR


Lake Information

County: Morgan

Acreage: 10

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

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

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Excellent

The bluegill population is doing great, although not as good as in past years. In the survery, 11% of the catchable population measured over 7”, while 6% measured over 8”. This quality bluegill fishery should provide anglers with excellent fishing opportunities for years to come. Site Regulation: 10 fish/day creel limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

We collected only 2 channel catfish during the summer 2016 survey. These two catfish measured 22-23” and weighed 4.6 – 4.9 lbs. The IDNR will continue to stock non-vulnerable sized channel catfish biennially, or as State Hatchery production allows, in order to maintain angling opportunities for this species. Anglers can catch channel catfish near deadfalls and stickups in the warmer months throughout the lake using bottom fishing techniques with cut bait, shrimp, chicken livers or night crawlers. Site Regulation: 6 fish/day creel limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

The 15" minimum length limit that had been in place since 1988 was removed in April of 2007. Since then, the number of bass greater than 15” has increased. Our 2016 summer population survey showed 36% of catchable sized bass to measure over 15”, which is much higher compared to the last survey in 2011 which showed only 4% measuring greater than 15”. The regulation change has resulted in a shift in size structure, although there is still a high density of bass. Bass body condition has increased over the last ten years. Increasing the potential for this high density population to grow to larger sizes should positively affect the bluegill and redear sunfish population. Larger bass can consume larger sunfish, which should allow the remaining sunfish to grow even larger. Anglers can catch largemouth bass off of points, deadfalls, and stickups in the warmer months of the year with plastic worms, jigs, spinners, crank baits, minnows, crayfish and worms.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Excellent

The 2016 summer survey did not produce as many redear as we hoped, but if we had been able to conduct the survey a month earlier, we would have had different results. Nonetheless, the redear sunfish population looks to be healthy. During our survey, 30% of the catchable population measured over 8”, and 10% measured over 10”. Redear were in good body condition. Much like the bluegill population, the redear sunfish population should provide anglers with excellent fishing opportunities. Site Regulation: 10 fish/day creel limit.

Location: Ashland Reservoir is located in Northwest Morgan County, 3 miles southwest of Ashland off of Route 123 and Collins Road, 21 miles northwest of Springfield.

Description: The Ashland New Reservoir is owned by the Village of Ashland and was constructed in 1978 as a secondary water supply. The Village of Ashland entered into a formal Cooperative Management Agreement with IDNR in 1988. The first step taken was a complete rehabilitation of the lake and subsequent restocking. The lake is 10 acres and has a maximum depth of approximately 20 feet. Boats are allowed with electric trolling motors only. There is a one-lane gravel ramp on the north end of the lake and the entire shoreline is accessible to bank fishing.

Additional Lake Information: Boats are allowed with electric trolling motors only. There is a one-lane gravel ramp on the north end of the lake. 2 ple and line fishing only, each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing.

Site Regulation:
Bluegill/Redear: 10 fish/day
Channel Catfish: 6 fish/day

Contact Information:
IDNR District Fisheries Biologist, Nerissa McClelland
309-357-0387