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EVERGREEN LAKE


Lake Information

County: McLean

Acreage: 925

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

East West


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2019

Muskellunge

Adult

931

2019

Smallmouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2036

2019

Walleye x Sauger

Fingerling 1 - 3"

45441

2021

Walleye x Sauger (Saugeye)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

39140

2021

Walleye x Sauger (Saugeye)

Fry

792000


Additional information for stocking on EVERGREEN LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

CRAPPIE

Average

The crappie fishery was once dominated by white crappie, but since 2006 the black crappie population has been more prevalent in fish surveys and anglers’ creels. During the most recent electrofishing survey, approximately 20% of the White Crappie collected were larger than 10 inches. The catch rate for Black Crappie exceeded the management objective and approximately 8% of the Black Crappie collected were larger than 10 inches. The crappie fishery is dominated by young Black Crappie.Site Regulation: 15 fish daily limit; Only 5 ≥ 10"

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The most recent bass survey resulted in a catch rate of 139 bass per hour and met the management objective of 100 bass per hour. Of the bass collected over 8 inches, 66% of the bass collected were larger than 12 inches and 28% were longer than 15 inches. Producing young bass has been a problem in Evergreen Lake for many years. A vegetation project was initiated to produce cover for small game fish in Evergreen Lake, with the goal of increasing natural recruitment. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 15" length limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

Evergreen Lake was first stocked with Muskie in 1990. During the most recent spring netting survey, 5.1 Muskie per net-night were collected with 20 net-nights of effort and the 14 survey average is 4.1 Muskie per net-night. Approximately 42% of the Muskie collected were large than 38 inches and 24% were larger than 42 inches. The largest Muskie collected in 2019 was just under 48 inches and weighed 33.6 pounds. Evergreen has an excellent Muskie fishery. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 48" length limit.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Excellent

Home of the current State Record Saugeye! The State Record Saugeye was caught in 2001. The saugeye is a hybrid made by crossing female Walleye with male Sauger. The Saugeye appear to have adapted quite well to Evergreen Lake. Stocking of this hybrid started in 1992 and the lake has been stocked every year since. The most recent night electrofishing survey resulted in a catch rate of 32 Saugeye per hour and was similar to the previous survey but was much less than the average catch rate of 71.3 for the past 8 surveys. The survey had the second highest catch rate of legal Saugeye. Even with the recent reduction in catch rates, Evergreen has an excellent Saugeye fishery. During the most recent spring netting survey, 8.5 Saugeye were collected per net-night. The 14-survey average is 5.5 Saugeye per net-night. Of the Saugeye collected over 10 inches, 99% were longer than 14 inches and 55% were over 18 inches. The largest Saugeye collected in 2018 weighed 10.6 pounds (current state record is 9.68 pounds). In 2019, an 8.9 pound Saugeye was collected. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 18" length limit.

Location: Evergreen Lake is located approximately 15 miles North of Bloomington, Illinois and is easily accessible by taking I-39 North to the Lake Bloomington/Evergreen Lake Exit, then proceeding west on the Lake Bloomington Road (2500N).

Description: Evergreen Lake was built in 1970 to serve as a secondary water source for the City of Bloomington. The lake is owned by the City of Bloomington and is managed by the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation. Evergreen Lake is part of Comlara County Park. The lake is 925 acres and has an average depth of 19.7 feet and a maximum depth of 50 feet. There are 2 boat launches on the lake and one canoe launch. Comlara County Park offers 137 campsites, a swimming beach, and showers. The Friends of Everbloom is an organization that assists with habitat projects and improving the quality of Evergreen Lake. To learn more about their organization, visit their web page http://friendsofeverbloom.weebly.com.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR currently stocks saugeye and muskie. A community-wide fish survey is completed approximately every two years, while muskie, saugeye, and largemouth bass surveys are currently conducted on an annual basis.

Additional Lake Information: County watercraft registration is required. There are 2 boat launches on the lake and one canoe launch. Comlara County Park offers 137 campsites, a swimming beach, and showers. Outboard motor size limit of 10 hp.

Two pole and line fishing only; no trot lines, jugs or bank poles. Sport anglers may take carp, carpsuckers, buffalo, gar, bowfin and suckers by pitchfork, gigs, bow and arrow or bow and arrow devices.

Site Regulations:

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: 3 fish daily limit; 15" length limit
Walleye/Saugeye/Sauger: 3 fish daily limit; 18" length limit
Muskellunge: 1 fish daily limit; 48" length limit
Crappie: New in 2021 Only 5 ≥ 10", 15 daily fish limit

Contact Information:
McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation
309-434-6770
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus
217-784-4730

There were 15 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Bluegill 67
Crappie 170
Largemouth Bass 396
Walleye/Sauger Hybrid 1
White Bass 265

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

1     5.35 lbs
2     5.32 lbs
3     5.19 lbs
4     5.15 lbs
5     5.06 lbs

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

1 218.93 lbs
2 179.99 lbs
3 146.74 lbs
4 120.75 lbs
5 64.56 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?
August-0717787ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
26Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
August-1717411ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2917341ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-0717421ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1117688ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
25Crappie
NoYes
September-1118581ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
25Multiple SpeciesNoYes
September-1217399ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1917790ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
26Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
October-0218732ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
25Muskellunge
NoYes
October-0317344ApprovedMain Recreation Area Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes