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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

2022

Blacknose Crappie

Fingerling 1 - 3"

2480

2022

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

500

2022

Muskellunge

Adult

2091

2022

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

58956

2023

Blacknose Crappie

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2000

2023

Muskellunge

Adult

2046

2023

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

55274


Additional information for stocking on Kinkaid Lake


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population structure is poor. During the 2023 spring electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

Kinkaid Lake has an average channel catfish population. Six channel catfish (14-22 inches) were collected in 2023 survey.

CRAPPIE

Average

Kinkaid Lake is known for producing large crappie. 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. Fifteen percent of the crappie collected during the spring 2023 survey were over 10 inches. Twenty-six percent of the crappie collected were over 9 inches. As a result of the reduced number of larger crappie collected during the 2021 and 2022 surveys, a new crappie regulation went into effect on April 1, 2023. The new regulation is a 15 crappie per day creel limit of which only 10 can be over 10 inches in length. Site Regulation: White, black, hybrid crappie: there is no longer a minimum size limit on crappie at Kinkaid. You can keep any size combination of 15 crappie but only 10 can be over 10 inches.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Fair

Surveys indicate that a small number of flathead catfish are present. At least one flathead catfish has been collected in 5 of the last 6 surveys. The only flathead collected in the 2023 survey was 11 inches.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Of the bass collected during the 2023 spring survey, 25% were over the minimum 16 inch size limit and 11% were over 18 inches. Six percent of all largemouth bass collected were between 15-16 inches. The largest bass collected in the 20223survey was 5.5 pounds. 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 2023 spring survey 127 muskies were collected and the largest muskie measured 44 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 Muskie to IDNR Fish Biologist Shawn Hirst at 618-559-5009 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. IF possible, please do not remove the tag. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

The redear population is average. A few redear sunfish over 8 inches are present.

WALLEYE

Fair

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. Only one walleye (22 inches) was collected during 2023 trap netting survey. However, inclement weather and high water flows prevented IDNR from setting the most productive walleye trap net for 3 days out of the 4 day survey. 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.

For a copy of the Kinkaid Lake fish attractor map please email Shawn.Hirst@illinois.gov

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 618-559-5009. 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 39 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: 15 fish daily limit; Only 10 Fish over 10"
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 66 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2023.

Species Total Fish Caught
Crappie 78
Largemouth Bass 3272
Muskellunge 20

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2023 tournaments:

1     8.37 lbs
2     7.19 lbs
3     7.13 lbs
4     6.95 lbs
5     6.69 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2023 tournaments:

1 435.25 lbs
2 427.75 lbs
3 283.57 lbs
4 282.63 lbs
5 259.00 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.

2024 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
March-0225267ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
March-0225784ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
March-0925847ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-1525786ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
March-1726065ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Crappie
NoNo
March-2325848ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-2424997ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
NoYes
March-3025564ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0525787ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
April-0625118ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0625273ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0725869ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
April-1226496ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
YesNo
April-1325565ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1426107ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2025152ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
April-2025593ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2126570ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2625788ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
May-0226306ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
YesYes
May-0425034ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
May-04
*May-05
25430ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Muskellunge
NoYes
May-0426213ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
9Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0426530ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
19Crappie
NoNo
May-0526826PendingPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1026325ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
YesNo
May-1125566ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1825279ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1925721ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1925849ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2525567ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0126625ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-0225344ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0726367ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0825850ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2126368ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2226158ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-2226150ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2925851ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1226369ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-27
*July-28
25738ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2726138ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0325949ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0926370ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1726151ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-24
*August-25
26329ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
YesNo
August-2525765ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-0725287ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-0826815ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1425048ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
September-1526565ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2125570ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-2225953ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2826827ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2925410ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2925912ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
October-0525293ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-05
*October-06
25516ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
October-12
*October-13
25303ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
38Muskellunge
NoYes
October-1226828ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-19
*October-20
25443ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Muskellunge
NoYes
October-1925573ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-1925743ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2025253ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
70Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
October-2625232ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
November-0225574ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes