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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


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".

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 3952

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

1 842.50 lbs
2 842.50 lbs
3 578.25 lbs
4 577.38 lbs
5 504.99 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?
June-1917662ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
150Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2017629ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2218293ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2319441ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2617517ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
70Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2717243ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2718336ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-3019442ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-0719443ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1018504ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1117427ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1117531ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1419444ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1717196ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
125Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
July-1718306ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1817728ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1818966ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2018294ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2119445ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2819446ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-3118158ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-3119458ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
YesNo
August-0117430ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0419447ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0718234ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0719388ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
150Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0817598ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1119448ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1718295ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1819449ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2117729ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2218551ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2519450ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2917112ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-0919394ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
YesNo
September-1218191ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
150Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1418296ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1818304ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-18
*September-19
19370ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-18
*September-19
19383ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1917730ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-25
*September-26
17822ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-02
*October-03
17424PendingSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-02
*October-03
17807ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
30Multiple SpeciesNoNo
October-0318940ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-09
*October-10
18315ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
October-1617731ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-23
*October-24
17690ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
30Crappie
NoNo