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WELDON SPRINGS LAKE


Lake Information

County: DeWitt

Acreage: 29

Average Depth: 10.3 feet

Shoreline Length: 2.1 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

1732

2018

Redear Sunfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"

7749

2018

Walleye x Sauger

Fingerling 1 - 3"

4557

2019

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

822

2019

Redear Sunfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"

22464

2019

Walleye x Sauger

Fingerling 1 - 3"

6171

2020

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

1714


Additional information for stocking on WELDON SPRINGS LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Very Good

In the most recent survey, approximately 86% of the black crappie were over 8 inches and 64% were over 10 inches. There are good numbers of crappie over 8 inches. There is no crappie regulation at Weldon Springs.

BLUEGILL

Very Good

The quality of the bluegill population has been consistent the past 7 years. There is a large number of 6 to 7 inch bluegill and a few over 8 inches. There is no bluegill regulation at Weldon Springs.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

Each year Weldon Springs is stocked with 8-inch channel catfish. Anglers should expect to catch catfish in the 16 to 25-inch range. With the stocking program, the catfish population should continue to provide great angling opportunities for channel catfish. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

This lake provides an excellent opportunity to catch a nice largemouth bass. The catch rate for the most recent electrofishing survey resulted in a catch rate of 245.3 bass per hour. The average catch rate since 2011 is 219 per hour and is well above the targeted catch rate. The largest bass collected weighed 5.33 pounds. Of the bass 8 inches and longer that were collected, 64% were longer than 12 inches, 29% longer than 15 inches, and 2% were longer than 20 inches. Site Regulation: 15" length limit, 1 fish daily limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

There are good numbers and sizes of redear sunfish. In the most recent fish survey, approximately 47% of the redear sunfish collected were larger than 7 inches.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Very Good

Weldon Springs has been stocked annually with fingerling saugeye since 2010. The most recent spring netting survey resulted in the collection of 78 saugeye ranging in size from 12 inches to 26 inches. The largest saugeye weighed 7 pounds. Site Regulation: 15" with only 1 fish over 20", 3 fish daily limit.

Location: Weldon Springs Lake is located 3 miles southeast of Clinton in DeWitt County.

Description: Weldon Springs is a fertile 29-acre lake built in 1936. The lake has a maximum depth of 38 feet and an average depth of 10.3 feet. There is one boat launch and motors are restricted to electric only. The concession at Weldon Springs operates as a full-service restaurant. Anglers will find bait, tackle, fishing boats and paddle boats available at the concession. The traditional Class A campground has 75 campsites with electricity, vehicular access, sanitary dumping station, shower building, cooking grills, picnic tables, pit toilets, playground equipment and water hydrants throughout the campground. Weldon Springs' campground is open year-round; the shower building closes in the fall and reopens in the spring. Areas for tent, backpack, large group and youth camping are also available. Primitive backpack campsites are located along Salt Creek.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fishery in Weldon Springs has been managed since 1938. The lake receives stockings of channel catfish and saugeye.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15" length limit, 1 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Saugeye: 15" with only 1 fish over 20", 3 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Weldon Springs State Recreation Area
217-935-2644
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus
217-784-4730