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EAST FORK LAKE


Lake Information

County: Richland

Acreage: 846

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 25 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2019

Channel Catfish

Adult

376

2019

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

33169

2020

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

41450

2020

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

33360


Additional information for stocking on EAST FORK LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Excellent

Black crappie are the dominant species in East Fork Lake and their population appeared to also be doing well. Body condition remained nearly stable and above target. Black crappie electrofishing catch rates remained high and the majority of the fish were between 8” and 10”. If growth rates remain good, the size structure of the populations should improve further in the coming years. In 2021, most keeper fish will range from 8” – 11” in length and weigh from 0.25 – 0.7 lbs., with a few larger fish over 12”.

BLUEGILL

Fair

The bluegill population structure remained in good shape and consistent with four year trends. Average bluegill body condition decreased, but remained above target. There was a decrease in the number of bluegill greater than 7” . The number of bluegill over 8” also decreased, but remains within the lake management plan target range. Angling for bluegill in the coming year should be fair to good with most keepers 5” – 8” in length and 0.15 – 0.33 pounds.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Catfish numbers remained low in East Fork Lake, but the average size of the fish was very good. Average body condition for these fish also remained good and above target. Most fish in 2021 will range from 2 – 6 pounds with larger fish up to 10 pounds. This lake provides some good bank fishing opportunities. Drift fishing the main lake is also very productive.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The size structure of the bass population shifted slightly from last year. There was a decrease in the percentage of bass in the 12” – 15” size range, but the percentage of adult bass exceeding the 15” minimum length limit remained constant at 33%. The electrofishing catch rate and the average body condition for all sizes of bass both decreased from 2019, but remained above their lake management targets. Fishing prospects for the coming year should be similar to last year with most keeper bass ranging from 15” – 20” in length and weighing between 1.5 – 4.5 pounds.

WALLEYE

Good

The size structure and size of the walleye population remained good this year. Five year classes were collected in this year’s survey, and the catch rate was almost 12 per hour during the electrofishing survey and just over 6 fish per net-night in the fall net survey. With many fish in the 2 – 5 lb. range, this lake should provide good fishing opportunities for walleye in the coming year.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Good

The white crappie population structure remained good. The average body condition for all sizes of white crappie decreased this year, but remained above target. The percentage of white crappie over 10” in length remained good at 15%, while over 30% of white crappie exceeded 9” in length.

Location: East Fork Lake is located in Richland County, approximately 1 mile north of Olney Illinois.

Description: East Fork Lake was constructed by the City of Olney in 1971 to serve as a water supply reservoir. The lake has a surface area of 935 acres, a maximum depth of 40 feet, and a mean depth of 15 feet. The lake has 25 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 9,982 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in East Fork Lake is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, white crappie, and channel catfish and is stocked annually with walleye. The lake also contains common carp and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Annual boat stickers and City tournament permits are required. Boat stickers are available at Olney City Hall and local bait shops.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth Bass: 6 fish daily limit; 15" minimum length limit
Walleye: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 fish daily limit collectively
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 25 fish daily limit collectively
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
East Fork Lake
Olney City Hall:
618-393-2130
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732

There were 36 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Channel Catfish 58
Largemouth Bass 1226

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

1     6.26 lbs
2     6.17 lbs
3     6.10 lbs
4     6.05 lbs
5     5.62 lbs

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

1 252.62 lbs
2 222.38 lbs
3 167.28 lbs
4 136.31 lbs
5 132.63 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?
June-12
*June-13
18061ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1918971ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
YesYes
June-2617795ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-3019074ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1017278ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1018021ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1118086ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1419103ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1718318ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1817871ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-23
*July-24
17498ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-24
*July-25
17778ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2517779ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2518493ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
13Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2819104ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0817522ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1119105ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1418319ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2117780ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2217642ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2519106ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2818126ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-0619396PendingEast Fork Lake boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-0819107ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1117643ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1118084ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1217081ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-1817499ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-25
*September-26
18454ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-02
*October-03
18446PendingEast Fork Lake boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0318164ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0917039ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0918103ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1017044ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1017796ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1617500ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1717781ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-23
*October-24
18917ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
November-0717797ApprovedEast Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo