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KINKAID LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 2750

Average Depth: 25 feet

Shoreline Length: 82 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Wilson Schneider Bay Marina Fish and Wildlife Johnson Creek Thompson Neck


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
    Fish & Wildlife Area, Johnson Creek, Marina, Thompson Neck,
    Wilson Schneider Bay

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

6600

2018

Muskellunge

Adult

2000

2018

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

31863

2019

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

3000

2019

Muskellunge

Adult

3974

2019

Threadfin Shad

Fingerling 1 - 3"

1200

2019

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

90485

2020

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

64152


Additional information for stocking on KINKAID LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population structure is poor. During the 2019 spring electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Kinkaid Lake has a good and underutilized channel catfish population. Channel catfish up to 9 pounds were collected in 2019 survey.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

Kinkaid Lake is known for producing large crappie. Crappie over 2 pounds are caught each year, and at least two 4-pound crappie have been caught in the last 4 years. Blacknose crappie were first stocked in 2010. Legal-sized blacknose crappie were first caught in 2013. 87% of the crappie collected during the spring 2019 survey were over the minimum nine-inch length limit, 76% were over 10 inches, and 13% were over 12 inches. In March 2017 a new state record hybrid crappie was caught at Kinkaid Lake. The crappie measured 18.1 inches in length and weighed 4.55 pounds. It is the largest documented crappie ever caught in Illinois.Site Regulation: White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Fair

Surveys indicate that a small number of flathead catfish are present. At least one flathead catfish has been collected in 3 of the last 6 surveys.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Of the bass collected during the 2019 spring survey, 22% were over the minimum 16 inch size limit and 9% were over 18 inches. Fourteen percent of all largemouth bass collected were between 15-16 inches.Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

Kinkaid Lake is one of the premier muskie lakes in Illinois. Muskie are stocked annually and many are caught each year in excess of 40 inches. During the 2019 spring survey 172 muskies were collected and the largest muskie measured 45.5 inches in length. Anglers are encouraged to NOT fish for muskie in the warmer summer months as angling mortality is believed to be very high especially, for larger muskie. Please report tagged MUE to IDNR Fish Biologist Shawn Hirst at 618-687-4546 or email at Shawn.Hirst@illinois.gov. Anglers reporting a tagged muskie will receive information on the history of that fish. If the tag number is covered with algae, simply scrape the algae away with your fingernail or a knife. Please provide tag number (5 digits), length, and catch date. Please do not remove the tag. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

The redear population is average. Of the redear collected in the 2019 spring electrofishing survey, 24% were over seven-inches in length. No redear sunfish over 8 inches were collected. The redear population is average. Redear sunfish over 8 inches are present in small numbers.

WALLEYE

Good

IDNR annually stocks walleye into Kinkaid Lake, and fish up to 11 pounds have been collected in netting surveys. Walleye numbers are not high, but trophy-sized fish can be caught. The best areas are in front of the dam and spillway during spring high water events. During 2019 trap netting, the largest fish collected measured 23 inches. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit.

Location: Kinkaid Lake is located in Jackson County three miles northwest of Murphysboro off of State Route 149.

Description: There are 3 public boat launching facilities around the Lake. Kinkaid Lake is 2750 acres in size, has a shoreline length of 82 miles and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The NW portion of the Lake consists of a 3-mile no-wake zone.

Additional Lake Information: Kinkaid Lake receives a tremendous amount of recreational boat traffic during the hot summer months especially on the weekends and holidays. To avoid the crowd, anglers may consider fishing early in the morning and/or during the week. The upper NW portion of Kinkaid Lake is referred to as the Johnson Creek Area. About 3 miles of this area is a no wake zone that gets very turbid for multiple days after heavy rain events. Threadfin shad are stocked into this lake when available as a supplemental forage base. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig.

Tagged Fish: Please report tagged muskie to the Department of Natural Resources at 618-687-4546. Please provide tag number, length of muskie, and catch date.

Fishing Tournaments: Any fishing tournament with 80 or more anglers or 40 or more boats must obtain a permit from the Kinkaid-Reed- Creek Conservancy District (618-687-1722) in addition to the tournament permit from the IDNR. No tournaments over 40 boats are allowed during June-July-August.

Maps of 50 permanent Kinkaid Lake fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@Illinois.gov

Site Regulations:
Largemouth/smallmouth bass: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit
Muskie: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit
White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit
Walleye: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Kinkaid Lake Fish and Wildlife Area
618-684-2867
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-559-5009

There were 46 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Crappie 56
Largemouth Bass 1783
Muskellunge 10

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

1     7.25 lbs
2     6.54 lbs
3     6.52 lbs
4     6.50 lbs
5     6.19 lbs

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

1 359.89 lbs
2 344.44 lbs
3 310.94 lbs
4 277.99 lbs
5 239.56 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?
November-2816547ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
March-1316899ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-20
*March-19
17586PendingMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
40Crappie
NoYes
March-2717718ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-0416854ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1016987ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
April-1116875ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1117697ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1117958ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-17
*April-18
17476ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
30Muskellunge
NoYes
April-1718024ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1718129ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-24
*April-25
16915ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
24Muskellunge
NoYes
April-2417719ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-2516981ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0118063ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0816952ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0817720ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
May-1517660ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1617442ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2216914ApprovedJohnson Creek boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0617440ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0617633ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1216976ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1218112ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
June-2616971ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
YesYes
June-2617721ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-2716990ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
YesYes
July-1016989ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1717722ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
July-24
*July-25
17703ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2517275ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-3117533ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
23Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-31
*August-01
17634ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1417002ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-21
*August-22
17704ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2817723ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
August-2818035ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-25
*September-26
17172ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-2517724ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
September-2518240PendingMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-09
*October-10
17094ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-1017635ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-16
*October-17
16882ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
24Muskellunge
NoYes
October-2318036ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
34Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-23
*October-24
18117ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2418037ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
34Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-3018038ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
34Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-3118039ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
34Largemouth Bass
NoNo
November-0618040ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
34Largemouth Bass
NoNo
November-0718041ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
34Largemouth Bass
NoNo