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ASHLAND OLD RESERVOIR


Lake Information

County: Morgan

Acreage: 5

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? NO BOATS allowed

Boat Ramps? No

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 continues to be very good with 23% of the catchable population measuring over 7", and 13% over 8”. The bluegill in Ashland Old Reservoir are in great body condition. The quality bluegill population structure at this pond is due to the hungry bass population. There is currently no protective regulation on bluegill, but may be warranted because of the pond's small size of only 5 acres. Overharvest is a potential problem. This quality bluegill fishery should provide anglers with excellent fishing opportunities for years to come.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

Only 1 channel catfish was collected electrofishing in the summer sample, and no nets were set due to time constraints. The fish was in excellent body condition. The IDNR will continue the non-vulnerable channel catfish stockings to maintain the population as State Hatchery production allows. 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.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Average

The largemouth bass population is doing well as far as quantity, but not quality. During our survey, we found there are numerous bass in the pond, however they exhibit fairly low body condition value. The majority of bass measure between 10-14”, with a few fish breaking through the bottle neck and growing to larger sizes. While this population structure is not ideal for a trophy bass pond, it is ideal for a quality bluegill pond. 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. The current bass regulation is the state-wide regulation of 6 bass/day with no minimum length 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 Old Reservoir is owned by the Village of Ashland. The Village of Ashland entered into a formal Cooperative Management Agreement with IDNR in 1988. The lake is 5 acres and has a maximum depth of approximately 15 feet. Boats are not allowed. The entire shoreline is accessible to bank fishing.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only; each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing.

Site Regulation:
Channel Catfish: 6 fish/day

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