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CLINTON LAKE


Lake Information

County: DeWitt

Acreage: 4895

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 129.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

North Fork West Side Weldon Access DeWitt Bridge Marina Mascoutin Wetland Area Parnell Access Rt. 10 Shore Dam


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
     Dam, DeWitt Bridge, Marina, Mascoutin State Park, North Fork,
     Parnell Access, Rt. 10 Shore, Weldon Access, West Side,
     Wetland Area

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2019

Blacknose Crappie

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

24998

2019

Striped Bass x White Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

4489

2019

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

77893

2019

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

214716

2020

Blue Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

14685

2020

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

11737

2020

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

33150

2020

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

205814

2021

Blue Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

2975

2021

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

92007

2021

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

227571


Additional information for stocking on CLINTON LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUE CATFISH

Average

A catfish survey was conducted in the fall of 2018 to assess the stocking of blue catfish. Blue catfish ranged in size from 9 inches to 29 inches. Blue catfish have been stocked at a low rate into Clinton Lake since 2014. See site regulation below.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

In an attempt to improve the crappie fishery, blacknose crappie were stocked from on-site rearing ponds each year. During the most recent survey, the catch rate for black crappie was 28.3 black crappie per hour and the catch rate for blacknose crappie was 17.1 per hour. The white crappie catch rate went from 3.1 per hour in 2011 to 62.7 crappie per hour in 2018. In 2020, the catch rate was 87.7 crappie per hour. The catch rate objective is 25 per hour for white crappie and 15 per hour for black crappie and blacknose crappie. Approximately 17% of the white crappie were longer than 10 inches and 17% of the black crappie were longer than 10 inches. Clinton Lake is producing a high-density crappie fishery. See site regulation below.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Good

Hybrid striped bass were first stocked in Clinton Lake in 1978. During the last spring gill netting survey, hybrid striped bass were collected at a rate of 2.4 per net. The average catch rate is 17.2 hybrids per net. The hybrid striped bass ranged in size from 14.5 inches to 27 inches. Clinton Lake has a good hybrid striped bass fishery and is maintained by annual stockings. See site regulation below.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

The most recent survey resulted in a catch rate of 102 bass per hour and was above the management objective of 80 bass per hour. The average catch rate since 2011 is 89 bass per hour. The largest bass collected during the 2020 survey weighed 6.2 pounds. There are good numbers of quality bass in the lake, with 67% being over 12 inches in length and 24% over 15 inches. Clinton Lake has an excellent bass population. See site regulation below.

WALLEYE

Good

The catch rate for walleye during the most recent survey was 3.1 walleye per hour. The average catch rate since 2011 is 4.9 walleye per hour. Of the walleye collected over 10 inches, 71% were longer than 15 inches and 14% were longer than 20 inches. The fishery is maintained from annual stockings. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.

WHITE BASS

Fair

There were strong year classes in 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2019 which produced a great white bass fishery. Even though there have been recent strong year classes, the catch rate in the most recent survey was only 1.4 white bass per hour. The average catch rate is 14.2 white bass per hour.See site regulation below.

Location: Clinton Lake is located in DeWitt County 10 miles east of Clinton, IL.

Description: This 4,895 acre lake was constructed to serve as a cooling reservoir for the Clinton Nuclear Power Station. The lake has a maximum depth of 60 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. Clinton Lake is No Wake for all boats from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise with the exception of waterfowl hunters. Various portions of the lake are designated as no-wake, electric motor only, or no boat areas for safety and security reasons. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks. There are 17 Class AA campsites, 286 Class A campsites and 5 Class B/S campsites at Clinton Lake with showers and almost all are adaptable to either tents, trailers or motor homes. Click here to reserve a campsite. Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of the fisheries in Clinton Lake since the lake opened in 1979. The lake receives stockings of walleye, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish, and blacknose crappie.

Additional Lake Information: Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks.

Site Regulations:
Largmouth/Smallmouth Bass; 3 fish daily limit, 16" length limit
Walleye: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit
Channel Catfish/Blue Catfish: 10 fish daily limit, no length limit.
Hybrid Striped/White/Striped Badd: 10 fish daily limit, only 3 fish over 17"
Crappie: 15 fish daily limit, 9" length limit

Contact Information:
Site Office
217- 935-8722
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus
217-784-4730

There were 50 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 102
Channel Catfish 260
Crappie 109
Flathead Catfish 2
Largemouth Bass 1329
Smallmouth Bass 2

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1     7.00 lbs
2     6.56 lbs
3     6.50 lbs
4     6.50 lbs
5     6.44 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1 414.00 lbs
2 341.00 lbs
3 319.00 lbs
4 275.00 lbs
5 202.00 lbs


Multiple day tournaments are listed with * end date.

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2021 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
October-1719673ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
October-2319640ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
October-2418548ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
14Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo