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DOUBLE T MUSKIE


Lake Information

County: Fulton

Acreage: 64

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Maps are not intended for navigation.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill size structure remained low according to the 2016 electrofishing survey results. The five-year trend appears to be a bluegill population with a top size under 7.0 inches in length. The competition from the current gizzard shad and carp population may limit the ability of the bluegill population to improve to a good status. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Poor

Quality crappie populations are present at a low density. A bacterial fish kill was reported in June of 2009 with a large number of crappie killed. In late May of 2013, another crappie-specific fish kill occurred. Site Regulation: Minimum size limit of 10 inches and 25 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The largemouth bass regulation of a 21 inch minimum size limit and 1 fish per day was an effort to protect the initial population in the lake and to build this population up. Including the 2016 sample, all the evaluation values have seen a steady increase since 2010. Site Regulation: 21 inch minimum,1 fish/day.

MUSKELLUNGE

Developing

In 2016, 18 muskie were collected by spring trapnets. These fish ranged in size from 25.6 to 37.8 inches long. The body condition was average. No muskie were stocked in 2004 or 2013, but 64 fish were stocked in each year from 2005 through 2016. Site Regulation: 42 inch minimum, 1 fish/day.

Location: The Double T State Fish and Wildlife Area is located 3 miles north west of Canton in Fulton County.

Description: Double T Lake is a 64 surface acre lake that was formed in 1983 by coal mining. This site was obtained by the State of Illinois in September 2001. The maiximum depth of the lake is approximately 65 feet. The lake is a long and linear final cut stripmine that form the shape of a double T. The basin topography is very steep shorelines with a fringe of submerged aquatic plants. Woody structure is limited to several beaver houses and the eastern end has the input of Put Creek. Water clarity has varied from 2 feet to over 7 feet.

The concrete boat ramp is accessible from Cypress Road.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fishery of Double T Lake is highlighted by a quality largemouth bass and black crappie populations with a developing muskie population. Pure muskie have been stocked since 2002 at a rate of up to 3 fish per acre at 10 to 14 inches long. In addition, Double T Lake has a strong population of carp and gizzard shad with small numbers of green sunfish, bluntnose minnows and yellow bullheads present.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area. All use other than waterfowl hunting is prohibited from October 1 through the end of the central zone Canada Goose Season.

Site regulations:

Largemouth bass — 21 inch minimum,1 fish/day*
Smallmouth bass — 21 inch minimum
Channel or blue catfish — 6 fish/day
White, black or hybrid crappie — 10 inch minimum, 25 fish/day
Bluegill or redear sunfish — 25 fish/day
Muskie — 42 inch minimum, 1 fish/day

*daily limit includes all largemouth and smallmouth bass either singly or in the aggregate.

Contact Information:
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
309-647-9184
IDNR District Fisheries Biologist:
309-446-9143