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Lake Information

County: Fayette

Acreage: 54

Average Depth: 8.33 feet

Shoreline Length: 2.8 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No gas motors

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






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on RAMSEY LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

The 2019 survey showed that black crappie condition remained good. The size structure of the population was also good and fish over 10” in length comprised approximately 50% of the adult crappie in the sample. With good growth rates, the population should remain strong over the next few years. Site Regulation: 10 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit.



The body condition of bluegill in the population declined slightly this year, but the size structure improved. Survey data indicated that nearly 70% of the adult bluegills in the population were over 6” in length and 12% were over 8”. This lake should provide good bluegill fishing in the coming year. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.



Catfish are abundant in Ramsey Lake and should provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Most fish will range from 1 – 4 pounds with larger fish over 5 pounds. This lake provides excellent bank fishing opportunities. The best places to fish include the dam, the upper ends of the lake, and in the backs of coves. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



The 2019 survey showed that the size structure of the bass population had declined slightly from last year. The survey found a large group of bass in the 10” – 14” size range. However, approximately 18% of the adult bass in the sample exceeded the 14” minimum length (a 20% increase from 2018). The catch rate also decreased, but remains well over target. Average body condition improved significantly from the 2018 survey. The number of larger fish in the population is still below a desirable level, but is expected to improve further in the coming years. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit.

Location: Ramsey Lake is located in Fayette County, approximately 2 miles northwest of Ramsey Illinois.

Description: Ramsey Lake was constructed in Ramsey Lake State Park near Ramsey, IL in 1949. Ramsey Lake has a surface area of 46 acres, a maximum depth of 22 feet, and a mean depth of 8 feet. The lake has 2.8 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 1,500 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in Ramsey Lake is comprised of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, and channel catfish. The lake also contains green sunfish, saugeye (walleye/sauger hybrids), and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. No gas motors are allowed.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Bluegill and redear sunfish: 25 fish daily limit
White, black, or hybrid crappie: 10 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Ramsey Lake State Park
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood