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Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 5

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.

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Fish Status



Bluegill numbers in Christopher Old City Lake were collected at a rate of 270 per hour of electrofishing, but most were smaller than 6 inches in length, and bluegill quality did not meet the management plan goal. Bluegill body condition was also at the low end of the acceptable range. It is hoped that a boost in the largemouth bass population (via recent implementation of more restrictive bass harvest regulations and bass stockings) will also improve quality of bluegill.



Fair numbers of channel catfish (24 per hour) were included in the 2016 Christopher Old City Lake sample, and these fish ranged from 13 to 20 inches in length with acceptable body condition. The Christopher Old City Lake channel catfish population is maintained via supplemental stockings every other year. Fishing Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



The 2016 survey of Christopher Old City Lake, similar to the previous year, produced a small number of largemouth bass (only 30 per hour of electrofishing, compared to a goal of 60), but these fish were high in quality. Eighty-eight percent of bass were larger than the 15-inch miminum length limit, and bass body condition was excellent, but evidence of natural reproduction was lacking. For this reason, bass fingerlings were stocked in 2016 for the second time in three years to boost the population. Fishing Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 15" minimum length limit (effective April 1, 2015).

Location: Christopher Old City Lake is a very fertile, shallow, 20-acre, city-owned impoundment located just northwest of Christopher, Illinois and north of Route 14 in Franklin County.

Description: Christopher Old City Lake is mostly surrounded by woods and has a gravel ramp.

Contact Information:
IDNR District Biologist, Luke Nelson: