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Lake Information

County: Williamson

Acreage: 810

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall

larger map link Dam Central East Arm West Arms

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    Central, Dam, East Arm, West Arms

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Rainbow Trout




Rainbow Trout




Yellow Perch

Fingerling 1 - 3"


Additional information for stocking on DEVILS KITCHEN LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



As usual, bluegill were less abundant than bass during the 2019 Devils Kitchen Lake survey. The bluegill catch rate was 46 per hour of electrofishing. Quality of the bluegill population dipped just below management goals, as demonstrated by 36% over 6 inches and 6% larger than 8 inches. Site Regulation: 8” length limit, 25 per day creel limit (in aggregate).



Devils Kitchen Lake has historically contained a bass population consisting of abundant small fish and a few giants, without much in between. Largemouth bass were collected at a rate of 98 per hour in 2019 and 22% were larger than 12 inches, while 3% were larger than 15 inches. Although most bass are generally 9 to 13 inches in length, it is not unusual for bass in the 5 to 10-pound range to show up in spring electrofishing samples and/or tournament weigh-ins. The 2019 survey produced one bass that weighed almost 8 pounds. Anglers are encouraged to harvest small bass to boost the average size of fish in the population Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.


Very Good

Rainbow trout are stocked in Devils Kitchen Lake each fall to maintain the population, and there is no closed season. The Devils Kitchen trout fishery is very popular with the angling public. Possession of an inland trout stamp is required for harvesting rainbow trout.


Very Good

The Devils Kitchen redear population remained fairly impressive in spring 2019. Redear abundance was was good, as measured by a catch rate of 40 per hour, and average size of these fish was much larger. Seventy-two percent of redear were larger than 7 inches and 48% exceeded 8 inches. Site Regulation: 8” length limit, 25 per day creel limit (in aggregate).



Yellow perch were “officially” stocked in Devils Kitchen Lake in 2014 for the first time in the lake’s history, and additional stockings were completed through 2019. A small population of perch (of unknown origin) already existed, and was popular, but few fish ever entered anglers’ creels. 3 perch were sampled in the 9-11 inch range in 2019, all good harvestable size. The goal of the yellow perch stocking program is to produce a viable, self-sustaining fishery, and additional fish will be stocked in 2020.

Location: Devils Kitchen Lake is a deep, clear, 810-acre impoundment located in the south portion of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge between Marion and Carbondale in Williamson County, Illinois.

Description: The Devils Kitchen Lake fishery is cooperatively managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The lake is mostly surrounded by forest and has three boat ramps. The southern half of Devils Kitchen contains abundant standing timber, and a portion of the lake's southeast end is reserved for electric motors and paddling only.

Additional Lake Information: A ten horsepower outboard motor limit is in effect. A user pass must be purchased prior to accessing Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge waters. The refuge visitor center can be reached by calling 618-997-3344.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass – no length limit, 6 per day creel limit.
Bluegill and Redear– 8” length limit, 25 per day creel limit (in aggregate).
Rainbow trout – no length limit, 5 per day creel limit.

Contact Information:
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson

There were 4 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 190

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

1     4.81 lbs
2     3.30 lbs
3     2.96 lbs
4     2.32 lbs
5     2.07 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1 74.99 lbs
2 35.50 lbs
3 31.13 lbs
4 23.13 lbs