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CEDAR LAKE - JACKSON CO.


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 1750

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

larger map link Rocky Creek Cove Hollow Highway 21 Access Cedar Creek Dam


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
    Cove Hollow, Cedar Creek, Dam, Highway 21 Access,
    Rocky Creek

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

9000

2021

Channel Catfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"

536798

2022

Channel Catfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"

362707


Additional information for stocking on Cedar Lake - Jackson


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Average

Despite the high density largemouth bass population, the bluegill population structure can only be described as average. A few bluegill over 8 inches are collected each spring in annual fisheries surveys.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair

Two channel catfish (17-24 inches) were collected in the 2021 spring survey. Catfish species have never been collected in great numbers in previous surveys. Channel catfish have been stocked in 2020 (21,000 4-8 inches) and in 2021 (9000 channel catfish 7-8 inches).

CRAPPIE

Excellent

Cedar Lake has an excellent crappie population consisting of both black and white crappie. Of the crappie collected in the 2021 spring survey, 89% were over 9 inches and 47% were over 10 inches. Fourteen percent of the crappie collected were over 12 inches.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Poor

Flathead catfish are present in Cedar Lake but have only been collected in 2 of the last 8 fish surveys.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

Of the largemouth bass collected during the 2021 spring electrofishing sampling , 47% were in the protected slot limit (14-18 inches) and 17% were over 18 inches in length. Anglers are encouraged to keep their daily limit of 5 largemouth bass under 14 inches to help thin out the smaller largemouth bass at Cedar Lake. This will increase growth rates, allow more largemouth bass to reach the protected slot limit, and lead to more trophy-sized fish in the future. Cedar Lake has one of the best largemouth bass populations of any lake in Illinois with respect to the total number of largemouth bass and largemouth bass over 18 inches. The largest bass collected in the 2021 spring survey was 22 inches and weighed 6.6 pounds.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Excellent

The redear population is outstanding for a larger lake. Forty-seven percent of the redear sunfish collected during the 2021 spring survey were over 8 inches. Twenty percent were over were over 9 inches.

STRIPED BASS

Improving

IDNR stocks striped bass into Cedar Lake when available. Just under 23,000 (1-2 inch) stripers were stocked in May 2020 and another 858 (6 inch) stripers were stocked in October 2020. None werer stocked in 2021. Anglers have reported catching striped bass in excess of 20 pounds. Many of the reported striped bass are caught by anglers fishing for largemouth bass. Cedar Lake offers one of the few opportunities in Illinois to catch striped bass.

Location: Cedar Lake is located five miles southwest of Carbondale in Jackson County. The City of Carbondale boat access area is located at the end of Cedar Creek Road off of Old Route 51 South. Another boat access area can be found south of Murphysboro off of State Route 127.

Description: Cedar Lake is 1750 acres in size with a maximum depth of 60 feet. The northern half of the shoreline is owned by the City of Carbondale. The southern half of the shoreline is surrounded by Shawnee National Forest, which is owned by the US Forest Service. There is no marina on Cedar Lake.

Additional Lake Information: With a 10 HP motor limit and no swimming allowed (except at a designated beach), Cedar Lake receives very little recreational boat traffic throughout the year. However, parking at the two boat ramps can be a problem during peak fishing months in the spring and fall. There is no marina on Cedar Lake.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 14–18" protected slot (no possession); 5 fish under 14" and 1 fish over 18" daily limit
Striped, white or hypbrid bass: 17" minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit
White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit
2-pole and line fishing only

Fishing Tournaments: Permits for fishing tournaments are required from the City of Carbondale and can be obtained by contacting the City of Carbondale/Lake Manager – Cedar Lake 618-549-8441 beginning on January 1 of each year. No IDNR fish tournament permits will be issued until a City of Carbondale permit is obtained. Tournaments are limited to a 20 boat maximum.

Fish Attractors:Maps of 30 permanent Cedar Lake fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@Illinois.gov

Contact Information:
City of Carbondale - Cedar Lake
618-549-8441
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-559-5009

There were 63 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 3588

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2021 tournaments:

1     11.44 lbs
2     11.10 lbs
3     10.71 lbs
4     10.31 lbs
5     8.45 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2021 tournaments:

1 221.25 lbs
2 207.06 lbs
3 200.75 lbs
4 191.25 lbs
5 188.13 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.

2022 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
October-0821597ApprovedCarbondale City (Cedar Creek Rd) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0822328ApprovedPomona City (Boat Dock Rd) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1622047ApprovedCarbondale City (Cedar Creek Rd) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2221473ApprovedCarbondale City (Cedar Creek Rd) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2222329ApprovedPomona City (Boat Dock Rd) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2321474ApprovedCarbondale City (Cedar Creek Rd) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2921466ApprovedCarbondale City (Cedar Creek Rd) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
November-0522330ApprovedPomona City (Boat Dock Rd) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
December-1022331ApprovedPomona City (Boat Dock Rd) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo