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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

2022

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

70339

2022

Largemouth Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

45379

2023

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

12536

2023

Largemouth Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

274044

2023

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

21951


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 measuring 6- 7" in length and weighing up to 1/4 lb. A few bluegill over 8 inches were collected in the 2023 survey.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

The fishing prospects for channel catfish remain excellent for 2024. Natural reproduction and recruitment continue to be very strong, and are responsible for maintaining the large population of fish in the lake. In the coming year, channel catfish from 1 – 3.5 pounds should be abundant with larger fish up to 5 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 channel catfish in 2024.

CRAPPIE

Good

Fall 2023 sampling indicated that the portion of the crappie population comprised of fish over 10” in length is 15%. Another 21% of the crappie collected were between 9-10 inches. The number of crappie over 12” in length remains stable and relatively low. Three percent of the crappie collected in the 2023 survey were over 12 inches. Site Regulation: White, Black or Hybrid Crappie: 25 daily limit, not more than 10 exceeding 10".

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Good

Nineteen flathead catfish were collected in the 2023 survey ranging in size from 12-25 inches in length with the largest weighing 8.5 pounds.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Fair

Four striped bass hybrids were collected in the 2023 fall survey. The hybrids collected were 16-18 inches in length. Anglers can also target these hybrid stripers in the spillway area in the spring. Site Regulation: 20 daily limit, not more than 3 exceeding 17"

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The bass population for 2023 will be good. Based on the 2023 fall survey, the percentage of the population exceeding the 14" minimum length limit was 34%. Another 17% of the bass population were 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. Six percent of the bass collected in the 2023 survey were over 18 inches. The largest bass collected was 5.9 pounds. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit.

WHITE BASS

Good

During the 2023 survey, white bass were collected at a rate of 5 fish/hr which was equal to the 5-year average. White bass fishing should be good in 2023. Anglers can expect the catchable population to be largely comprised of fish 10”- 15” 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: 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 ACOE 618-724-2493

There were 54 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2023.

Species Total Fish Caught
Channel Catfish 280
Crappie 370
Largemouth Bass 2663

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

1     291.00 lbs
2     281.00 lbs
3     279.00 lbs
4     11.06 lbs
5     7.44 lbs

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

1 606.14 lbs
2 568.31 lbs
3 517.40 lbs
4 366.25 lbs
5 297.93 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?
April-0625694ApprovedNorth Marcum (50 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-0726732ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1326127ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1926156ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-2126113ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-2326544ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
11Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-0226312ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
YesYes
May-0425696ApprovedNorth Marcum (50 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-0426383ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
75Channel Catfish
NoYes
May-0525729ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0526384ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
75Channel Catfish
NoYes
May-1126580ApprovedIna (30 boat limit) boat
hook
15Crappie
NoYes
May-1826097ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1925906ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
May-2126545ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
11Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2525321ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2526073ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
100Crappie
Largemouth Bass
YesYes
May-2726829ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0126134ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0126799ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0225455ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0825329ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0925767ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0926069ApprovedIna (30 boat limit) boat
hook
20Crappie
NoNo
June-1525625ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
150Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1525698ApprovedNorth Marcum (50 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-2226098ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2325462ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2925371ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-3025586ApprovedNorth Marcum (50 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1325699ApprovedNorth Marcum (50 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-1326099ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1326506ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1626546ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
11Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2025335ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2125479ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2126567ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2626446ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
YesNo
July-2726100ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2726152ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0425854ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1025341ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1026101ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1326547ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
11Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1725700ApprovedNorth Marcum (50 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
August-1725950ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1825487ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2426814ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2525492ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-0225384ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-07
*September-08
25378ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-0726141ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-0726218ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-0825116ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
150Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1526585ApprovedSailboat Harbor ( Harbor Oaks - 150 boat limit) boat
hook
125Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1526661ApprovedGun Creek South (Golf Course Ramp - 50 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2125701ApprovedNorth Marcum (50 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-05
*October-06
26114ApprovedJackie Branch (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0625702ApprovedNorth Marcum (50 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-1925346ApprovedSouth Sandusky (75 boat limit) boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes