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SAM DALE LAKE


Lake Information

County: Wayne

Acreage: 194

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

4007

2019

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2803

2020

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

4000


Additional information for stocking on SAM DALE LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Good

Fewer bluegill were collected in 2019 (67 per hour) than in the previous year. Bluegill quality remained essentially the same. Fish over 6 inches comprised 54% of the sample. Body condition of bluegill was acceptable and easily within the management plan goal range.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

Five channel catfish were collected per hour in Sam Dale Lake during the 2019 survey, a reduction from the previous year. These fish ranged in size from 17 to 24 inches and displayed excellent body condition. Channel catfish are stocked annually to maintain the population. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Largemouth bass were collected in Sam Dale Lake at a reduced rate of 94 per hour of electrofishing in fall 2019, and 53% were larger than 12 inches. Approximately 32% of these fish were also larger than the 14-inch minimum size limit. Body condition of Sam Dale largemouth bass was very good. Site Regulation: 14 inch length limit, 6 per day creel.

MUSKELLUNGE

Fair

A remnant population of pure muskellunge exists in Sam Dale Lake as a result of stockings related to a statewide research project. However, no muskies were collected during the fall 2019 survey. Site Regulation: 48 inch length limit, 1 per day creel.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

Similar to the previous year, redear were much less abundant than bluegill in 2019, and just 10 were collected per hour of electrofishing. Quality of these fish is still very good, with 50% of the sampled population comprised of 8-inch fish . Redear body condition was slightly higher than bluegill and easily within the goal range.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Average

The white crappie population in Sam Dale Lake is somewhat stunted with many fish 6 to 9 inches in length. The fall 2016 survey produced white crappie 3 to 13 inches with 70% larger than 8 inches and 9% over 10 inches in length. Crappie body condition was acceptable.

Location: Sam Dale Lake is located in northwestern Wayne County within Sam Dale Lake State Park five miles northwest of Johnsonville, Illinois.

Description: Sam Dale Lake is a relatively fertile, 194-acre, IDNR-owned impoundment. The lake is largely surrounded by forest and has two boat ramps.

Additional Lake Information: Boats are allowed on the lake, but are limited to 10 horsepower.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 14 inch length limit, 6 fish daily limit.
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit.
Muskellunge: 48 inch length limit, 1 fish daily limit.

Contact Information:
Sam Dale State Park
618-835-2292
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson
618-985-1112

There were 5 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 86

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

1     4.43 lbs
2     3.12 lbs
3     3.00 lbs
4     2.68 lbs
5     2.67 lbs

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

1 50.13 lbs
2 37.57 lbs
3 32.12 lbs
4 31.58 lbs
5 6.78 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?
April-1018105PendingSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2517175ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0117178ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2917564ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0617525ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2717188ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1117526ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2217565ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2917201ApprovedSam Dale boat ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo