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PYRAMID-MALLARD LAKE


Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 75

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unlimited HP/Wake Only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Average

The bluegill population structure can only be described as average. No bluegill were collected in 2016. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair

No channel catfish have been collected in 10 years of sampling at Mallard Lake. However, IDNR observed an angler catching a 14 pound catfish during the 2012 survey. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Average

Mallard Lake has an average crappie population consisting of both black and white crappie. One black crappie (11 inches) and six white crappie (10-13 inches) were collected in the 2016 trap netting survey. Although the number of fish collected at this lake during surveys is typically low, many of the crappie collected are over 9 inches in length. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

An electrofishing survey is the best way to analyze the largemouth bass population in a lake. Because electrofishing is not an option at this lake, very little is known about the largemouth population at this lake. No largemouth bass were collected in the 2016 spring trap netting survey at this lake. Bass (18 inches) have been collected in previous surveys. Site Regulation: Creel limit of 5 fish under 14" and one fish over 18"; there is a protected slot of 14-18" (no possession).

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. Mallard Lake is located on the Denmark Section of Pyramid State Park. The Denmark Section is accessed off of Pyatt-Cutler Road. From State Route 127 head west on Pyatt-Cutler Road. About 7 miles west of Pyramid State Park turn south into the Denmark Section.

Description: Mallard Lake is located on the Denmark Section of Pyramid State Park. Facilities at this 75-acre strip cut lake include a boat launch, floating dock, and bathrooms.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: As a result of high water conductivity, electrofishing is not an effective sampling tool at this lake. All information is based on spring trap netting surveys.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only and bowfishing is allowed. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig. Please note that fishing is prohibited from November 1 through February 28. Maps of 23 lakes located on the Arch Portion of Pyramid State Park can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@illinois.gov.

Note: A new horsepower rule went into effect February of 2018: Unlimited HP motor limit and all boats/motors must be operated at no wake speed.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 5 fish under 14” and fish 1 over 18” limit, 14–18 inch protected slot (no possession)
Bluegill or redear sunfish: 25 fish daily limit
Crappie: 25 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Pyramid State Park:
618-357-2574
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst:
618-687-4546

There were 1 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2017.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 42

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this
waterbody in 2017 tournaments:

1     5.08 lbs
2     5.04 lbs
3     4.44 lbs