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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

2018

Blue Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

10142

2018

Striped Bass x White Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

25462

2018

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

55042

2018

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

227807

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

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

6859

2020

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

205814


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 are stocked from on-site rearing ponds each year. During the most recent survey, the catch rate for black crappie was 20.9 black crappie per hour and the catch rate for blacknose crappie was 5.7 per hour. The white crappie catch rate went from 3.1 per hour in 2011 to 62.7 crappie per hour in 2018. In 2019, the catch rate was 43.4 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 24% of the white crappie were longer than 10 inches and 26% of the black crappie were longer than 10 inches. Clinton Lake is producing a quality 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. The heaviest hybrid weighed 13.84 pounds and the average weight was 5.54 pounds. Frame nets were used in 2018 to sample hybrid striped bass, walleye, and crappie. Approximately 64% of the hybrid striped bass collected were longer than 20 inches. The largest hybrid collected was 15.3 pounds. 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 82.9 bass per hour and was above the management objective of 80 bass per hour. The average catch rate since 2011 is 87.6 bass per hour. The largest bass collected during the 2019 survey weighed 5.91 pounds. There are good numbers of larger bass in the lake, with 55% being over 12 inches in length and 29% 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 2.6 walleye per hour. The average catch rate since 2011 is 5.1 walleye per hour. Of the walleye collected over 10 inches, 89% were longer than 15 inches and 56% were longer than 20 inches. In an attempt to increase the number of walleye in the lake, the regulation was changed to an 18” minimum length limit and 3 per day harvest limit in 2017. The fishery is maintained from annual stockings. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.

WHITE BASS

Average

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 5.7 white bass per hour. The average catch rate is 15.6 white bass per hour. See site regulation below.

Fishing Report

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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. 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 45 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 102
Channel Catfish 260
Crappie 109
Flathead Catfish 2
Largemouth Bass 1235
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 Bag Weights 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?
March-20
*March-21
16973ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
March-2717677ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
25Crappie
NoYes
March-2718002ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
March-2817843ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0317026ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0317448ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-03
*April-04
18239PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
10Multiple SpeciesNoNo
April-1016912ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1017658ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1017821ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
April-1018159ApprovedMarina boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-10
*April-11
18215PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
12Multiple SpeciesNoNo
April-1116859ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-1116916ApprovedMarina boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-1117610ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1716839ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1716849ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1717450ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-17
*April-18
18207PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
12Multiple SpeciesNoNo
April-2416863ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-2416887ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-24
*April-25
17792ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-2417815ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2418011ApprovedMarina boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-24
*April-25
18200PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
12Multiple SpeciesNoNo
April-2516891ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-2517966ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2518003ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
May-0117825ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
May-0216904ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0217340ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0217932ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0816925ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-0817850ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-0818015ApprovedMarina boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
May-1517016ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1517451ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
May-1616963ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1617255ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1617836PendingMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1617860PendingWeldon Access boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-1617959PendingMarina boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
May-22
*May-23
17132ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-22
*May-23
18004ApprovedMarina boat
hook
35Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
May-2317837ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2918010ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-0517320ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0518012ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-0617326ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0617839ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-10
*June-11
17462ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-1217228ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-1218025ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-1316935ApprovedMarina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesNo
June-1317838ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1918005ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
June-2017452ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-2217276ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-26
*June-27
16847ApprovedMarina boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-26
*June-27
17803ApprovedMarina boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-0617290ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-1017454ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
July-1718006ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
July-1718026ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
July-2017297ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-24
*July-25
17856ApprovedMarina boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
NoNo
July-2418013ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
July-3118027ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
August-0718028ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
August-1418007ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
August-1418029ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
August-2118014ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
August-2818030ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
September-04
*September-05
17804ApprovedMarina boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-1116930ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-11
*September-12
18016ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
September-1217266ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-18
*September-19
18023ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1818008ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
September-1918009ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
September-2517249ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-2517456ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
October-0217678ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
25Crappie
NoYes
October-0217952ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0318100ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Crappie
NoNo
October-09
*October-10
17273ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-0917458ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
October-1617865PendingWeldon Access boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-1717866PendingWeldon Access boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo