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Lake Information

County: Randolph

Acreage: 21

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Maps are not intended for navigation.

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Fish Status



Derby Lake has some 6 and 7 inch fish.


Very Good

Many crappie 10" or more in length and average 1/2 to 3/4 lb.



Derby Lake has an abundant population of smaller to mid-size bass. Most are less than 15 inches in length, with a few larger bass in the mix.

Location: The World Shooting Complex is located approximately 5 miles north of Sparta in Randolph County.

Description: The site contains three lakes totaling 170 acres: East Lake, 134 acres; Derby Lake, 21 acres; and RV Lake, 15 acres. Derby and East Lakes have concrete boat ramps and ample parking, while RV Lake has no boat ramp, but plenty of shoreline access for anglers. There is a 10 hp boat motor limit for the largest lake (East Lake) while the other lakes are trolling motors only.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of the shooting complex lakes since they opened to public fishing in 2008. Rainbow trout are stocked in the spring and fall at Derby Lake. East and Derby Lakes contain a diverse fishery comprising over 20 species of fish, while RV Lake contains principally sport fishes.

For information on the other bodies of water at the World Shooting Complex:

East Lake

R.V. Lake

Additional Lake Information: There is a 10hp boat motor limit East Lake, while the other lakes are trolling motors only. 2 line and pole fishing only. Swimming, wading, and waterskiing are prohibited.

Contact Information:
World Shooting Complex
Barry Newman, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist: 618 295-2877