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BLAZER LAKES - BURNING STAR STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 123

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  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Fair

N/A

N/A

Of the five black crappie collected in the 2016 survey, two were over 9 inches and one was over 10 inches in length. Site Regulation: 25 daily limit, no length limit.

BLUEGILL

Poor

N/A

N/A

The bluegill population is poor. Of the nine bluegill collected in the 2016 survey, none were over 8 inches. Site Regulation: 25 daily limit, no length limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair

N/A

N/A

No catfish were collected during the 2016 survey. Site Regulation: 6 daily limit, no length limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

N/A

N/A

Largemouth bass collected in the 2016 fall electrofishing survey ranged in size from 5-18". Site Regulation: 5 fish under 14" and 1 fish over 18" daily limit, 14-18 inch protected slot (no possession).

REDEAR SUNFISH

Developing

N/A

N/A

The redear sunfish population looks promising. Four redear sunfish were collected in the 2016 survey, and all were 8-9 inches. Site Regulation: 5 daily limit, no length limit.

Location: Blazer Lakes #1-4 are accessed from State Route 149 in Jackson County. From Route 149, turn north onto Mine Road to the south parking lot for the Burning Star complex, which is located between DeSoto and Hurst.

Description: There are no facilities or boat ramps at this lake, which consists of four smaller lakes. Blazer Lakes 1, 3, and 4 are connected by passable water (canoe/kayak). You cannot currently boat from these lakes to Blazer Lake 2. Future plans include a PASSABLE water connection from Blazer Lake 2 to Blazer Lakes 1, 3 and 4.

All fishing is walk-in only and no motorized boats are allowed.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Rough fish species (buffalo, bowfin, gar, gizzard shad, yellow bass) are abundant in this lake.

Additional Lake Information: From November 1 through the end of February fishing is prohibited. No vehicular access. No motorized boats allowed.

All species: 2 pole and line fishing only. Bow fishing is allowed.

A map of the 24 lakes located on Burning Star State Fish and Wildlife Area can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@illinois.gov.

Contact Information:
IDNR District Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-687-4546