Choose another lake

SHOP LAKE - BURNING STAR STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 24

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No motors

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population is poor. No bluegill over 7 inches were collected in the 2016 survey.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Developing

Largemounth bass collected in the 2016 fall electrofishing survey ranged in size from 4-17 inches. Prior to its opening to the public in April 2016, it appears this lake had a bass-crowded population, which is beginning to be reduced by angler harvest. As more of the smaller bass below the 14-18 protected slot limit are harvested, the remaining smaller bass will grow into the protected slot limit. Once in the protected slot limit, the growth rates of the bass should increase leading to an increase in the number larger bass in the lake in the next 3-5 years.

Location: Shop Lake is 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 24-acre lake. All fishing is walk-in only, and no motorized boats are allowed.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. From November 1 through the end of February, fishing is prohibited. No vehicular access is allowed past the gates. No motorized boats 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:
Shawn Hirst, IDNR District Fisheries Biologist:
618-687-4546