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Lake Information

County: Schuyler

Acreage: 191

Average Depth: 12.37 feet

Shoreline Length: 12.3 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted HP, No Wake

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking










Blue Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on SCHUY-RUSH LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



The Bluegill population at Schuy-Rush Lake is characterized by a high density of fish measuring 4-6” in less than desirable body condition. Bluegill populations do not tend to thrive in the presence of gizzard shad. Gizzard Shad and Bluegill compete for the same food source, therefore show poor growth rates and reduced maximum size. Anglers can catch bluegill on their spawning beds in the spring or near shoreline cover year-round with worms, crickets, or night crawlers.



The Channel Catfish population is excellent. The population is composed of fish measuring up to 9 lbs. Channel Catfish can reproduce and recruit into the catchable population naturally in Schuy-Rush Lake because of its high level of turbidity. In 2019, two Channel Catfish were collected during the fall electrofishing survey. Channel Catfish are in excellent body condition (2019 Wr = 116). Anglers can catch Channel Catfish near deadfalls and stickups in the warmer months throughout the lake using bottom fishing techniques with cut bait, shrimp, chicken livers or night crawlers.


Very Good

The Largemouth Bass population is doing very well at Schuy-Rush Lake. The 2019 fall electrofishing survey showed that most all population indices were within or exceeding the desired ranges. We collected a total of 38 bass/hour of electrofishing ranging from 3.9-19.7” and weighing up to 4 lbs. Our survey showed 52% of the catchable population measuring over 15” and 19% measuring over 18”. Bass at Schuy-Rush are in good body condition (Wr = 101). Anglers can catch Largemouth Bass off points, deadfalls, and stickups in the warmer months of the year with plastic worms, jigs, spinners, crank baits, minnows, crayfish and worms. The biggest Largemouth Bass ever collected while electrofishing at Schuy-Rush Lake weighed 6.7 lbs and measured 22” long.



The 2018 trap net and electrofishing surveys resulted in 11 Muskellunge collected measuring 27 - 41” weighing up to 22 lbs. In 2019, four fish were captured in electrofishing and netting combined. The largest Muskellunge sampled in 2019 measured 17”. Anglers can catch muskie in the spring and fall around beds of aquatic vegetation using minnows, spinners, spoons, jigs, jerk and crank baits.



A group of sauger fry were stocked in 2014. We collected five Sauger measuring between 14 – 16” during the fall 2018 electrofishing survey



The White Crappie population continues to be doing great as far as quantity but is lacking in quality. The average body condition of fish collected during our electrofishing survey improved slightly from 2018 to 2019 (2018 Wr = 84, 2019 Wr=90). A new crappie regulation was implemented on April 1, 2017 that will help reduce crowding at 7-9”, reduce the bottle neck effect, and increase growth rates, which should help produce larger, fatter crappie of harvestable size. The new regulation is 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 Fish ≥ 10". Anglers can catch white crappie around submerged structures throughout the lake in the spring and fall with spinners, jigs and minnows.greater or equal to 10”.

Location: Schuy-Rush Lake is Located in Schuyler County in west-central Illinois ust off US Route 67 between Rushville and Beardstown.

Description: Schuy-Rush Lake was constructed as part of a flood control projects and is presently used for recreation. There are several houses situated around the lake and the city maintains a small park and camping area at the north end. The lake has a maximum depth of approximately 40 ft. and an average depth of approximately 13 ft. Siltation has greatly reduced its original storage capacity and the lake has lost an estimated 25 surface acres above the U.S. Route 67 highway bridge. The lake has one concrete boat ramp on the NW edge, has unrestricted boat fishing, and offers camping and picnicking. No boat rental, skiing, or swimming is offered or allowed.

Additional Lake Information: FISHING REGULATIONS:
-Two pole and line fishing only and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing.
-Largemouth Bass – 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
-White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie – 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 Fish ≥ 10".
-Channel Catfish – 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit.
-Sauger/Walleye – Statewide Regulation - 14” Minimum Length Limit, 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
-Muskellunge – Statewide Regulation – 36” Minimum Length Limit, 1 Fish Daily Harvest Limit

Boating Permits can be purchased by contacting the Schuy-Rush Lake Campground Host.
Annual Boating Permit - $55
Daily Boating Permit - $10

Contact Information:
Schuy-Rush Lake Campground
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Blake Ruebush

There were 12 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 564

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

1     6.04 lbs
2     5.83 lbs
3     5.59 lbs
4     5.44 lbs
5     5.27 lbs

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

1 180.57 lbs
2 159.25 lbs
3 155.11 lbs
4 121.55 lbs
5 78.90 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
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
August-0116992ApprovedSchuy-Rush Lake Ramp (Park Rd) boat
30Largemouth Bass
August-0817470ApprovedSchuy-Rush Lake Ramp (Park Rd) boat
15Largemouth Bass
18122ApprovedSchuy-Rush Lake Ramp (Park Rd) boat
25Largemouth Bass
September-1117623ApprovedSchuy-Rush Lake Ramp (Park Rd) boat
10Largemouth Bass
September-1217624ApprovedSchuy-Rush Lake Ramp (Park Rd) boat
10Largemouth Bass
September-1817814ApprovedSchuy-Rush Lake Ramp (Park Rd) boat
30Largemouth Bass
September-1917474ApprovedSchuy-Rush Lake Ramp (Park Rd) boat
15Largemouth Bass
18993ApprovedSchuy-Rush Lake Ramp (Park Rd) boat
8Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass