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REND LAKE

REND LAKE FISHING GUIDE


Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 18900

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 162 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Nason Access Turnip Patch North Marina Gun Creek Marcum Access Ina Access


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
     Dam West, Gun Creek, Ina Access, Marcum Access,
     Nason Access, North Marina, Turnip Patch

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2019

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

25280

2019

Threadfin Shad

Fingerling 1 - 3"

5000

2020

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

38976

2020

Largemouth Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

42500

2021

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

37924


Additional information for stocking on REND LAKE



Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Good

The size structure of the bluegill population remained stable. Bluegill will be abundant in the coming year with most keepers 6.5"- 8" in length and averaging 1/3 lb or less with a few larger fish reaching 1/2 lb. With above average growth rates and excellent body condition, the population should continue to provide good fishing in the coming year.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

The fishing prospects for channel catfish remain excellent for the coming year. Natural reproduction and recruitment continue to be very strong, and are responsible for maintaining the large population of fish in the lake. The condition of these fish is fair and growth rates are good. In the coming year, channel catfish from 1 – 3.5 pounds should be abundant with larger fish up to 6 pounds common. This lake remains one of the premier channel catfish waters in southern Illinois, and should remain on your list of places to fish for channels in 2021.

CRAPPIE

Very Good

The portion of the crappie population comprised of fish over 10” in length is over 30%. For 2021, crappie 10"-12" in length and averaging 1/2 to 1+ pound will should provide some quality angling opportunities. Crappie 8”- 10” remain abundant as well and will also contribute to the creel. The number of crappie over 12” in length remains stable and relatively low. The condition of all sizes of crappie is very good. Regulations will remain unchanged in 2021, but the population will be monitored closely. Site Regulation: White, Black or Hybrid Crappie: 25 daily limit, not more than 10 exceeding 10".

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Good

Twenty-six flathead catfish were collected in the 2020 survey ranging in size from 5-28 inches in length with the largest weighing 10 pounds.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Fair

Five striped bass hybrids were collected in the 2020 fall survey. The hybrids collected were 13-23 inches in length and weighed 1-7 pounds. Site Regulation: 20 daily limit, not more than 3 exceeding 17"

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Improving

The bass population for 2021 will be good. Two above average spawns in 2018-2019 will result in more bass reaching the 14 inch size limit in 2021 and 2022. Based on the 2020 fall survey, the percentage of the population exceeding the 14" minimum length limit was 28%. Another 32% of the bass population was between 12-14 inches or just below the 14 inch length limit. The number of larger bass over 18" in length remains stable but low. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit.

WHITE BASS

Good

The number of white bass collected in the fall 2020 electrofishing survey was double the 5-year average. Fishing should be good in 2021. Anglers can expect the catchable population to be largely comprised of fish 12”- 16” in length and weighing 0.5 – 1.5 pounds. Site Regulation: 20 daily limit, not more than 3 exceeding 17".

Fishing Report

WEEK

FISH

FISHING CONDITIONS

10-07-2021

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good using minnows, spinnerbaits, rattle traps and other surface baits. Try flipping into water around wood structure. Fish around bridges and along the rocks and other structure. Fishing is probably best around wood structure, preferably natural structure in shallower water.

10-07-2021

CRAPPIE

Good using medium minnows,qtr oz pink/white jigs heads with various artificial jigs & small crankbaits. Fishing is Good around structure in water 8 to 10 feet deep. Try the Christmas tree and spyder blocks. GPS coordinates can be found online.

10-07-2021

BLUEGILL

Fair using small jigs, worms, meal worms, wax worms & crickets. From shore try Sailboat Harbor and Mine 21 Road. Fish shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. Set bait at half of water depth.

10-07-2021

CHANNEL CATFISH

Fair using large minnows, leeches, dip bait, shad & nightcrawlers. Try leeches in moving water. Drift fish the flats. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, and N Sandusky day-use area. Fishing is good along the rocks at the dam and rt. 154

10-07-2021

WHITE BASS

Fair using inline spinners & white slab spoons. Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges. Fish along the rocks and drop-offs Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes.

Location: Rend Lake is located in Franklin and Jefferson counties along IL Interstate 57 approximately 15 miles south of Mt. Vernon and just northwest of Benton.

Description: Rend Lake was completed in 1971 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake was formed by constructing a 2-mile-long dam across the Big Muddy River floodplain. At normal pool, Rend Lake has a surface area of 20,633 acres, a maximum depth of 35 feet, and a mean depth of 10 feet. The lake is thirteen miles long and three miles wide and has 162 miles of shoreline. It is the second largest impoundment in Illinois.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: There are more than 38 species of fish in Rend Lake. In addition to traditional sport fish, Rend Lake also contains large populations of carp, buffalo, gar, drum, and shad. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Largemouth, Smallmouth or Spotted Bass: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
White, Black or Hybrid Crappie: 25 daily limit, not more than 10 exceeding 10"
White, Yellow or Hybrid Striped Bass: 20 daily limit, not more than 3 exceeding 17"

Contact Information:
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
618-629-2320
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst 618-559-5009
Rend Lake COE 618-724-249

There were 59 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Channel Catfish 130
Crappie 289
Largemouth Bass 3230

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

1     6.59 lbs
2     6.50 lbs
3     6.48 lbs
4     6.29 lbs
5     6.19 lbs

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

1 578.25 lbs
2 577.38 lbs
3 504.99 lbs
4 485.49 lbs
5 466.45 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?
October-1719552ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Crappie
NoNo
October-23
*October-24
17690ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
30Crappie
NoNo