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SPRING LAKE - MCDONOUGH CO.


Lake Information

County: McDonough

Acreage: 277

Shoreline Length: 6.1 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No HP Limit

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Blue Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

5976

2018

Muskellunge

Adult

281

2018

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

2872

2019

Muskellunge

Adult

281

2019

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

4320

2020

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

3276

2020

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

5460


Additional information for stocking on SPRING LAKE - MCDONOUGH CO.


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUE CATFISH

Developing

In 2018, the stocking of 5,976 blue catfish at 5.9 inches occurred in Spring Lake! The IDNR Little Grassy Hatchery began production in 2018 using brood fish obtained from Powerton Lake and the Mississippi River near Grafton. It will be exciting to evaluate this introduction. In 2019, 1 blue catfish was collected in the fall electrofishing survey at 11.2 inches and .43 pounds. A natural reproducing population has been established in Canton Lake with a 1 time stocking of non-vulnerable blue catfish at a rate of 20 per surface acre.

BLUEGILL

Average

The bluegill population was sampled by 97 fish in spring trapnets and 135 fish in fall electrofishing survey. The current bluegill population is rated as average with the larger fish up to 7.5 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in good body condition with a Wr average of 97. The competition with the gizzard shad and carp have not greatly reduced the bluegill condition and growth. Usually the bluegill condition will suffer more with these competitors.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

The channel catfish population was sampled by 89 fish in spring trapnets and 38 fish in fall electrofishing survey. The current channel catfish population is rated as excellent with the larger fish up to 30 inches in length! This population is of high density and in good body condition. The fish from 9 to 18 inches have Wr values in the 80’s, while fish over 20 inches have Wr values over 100. No annual stocking of non-vulnerable channel catfish has occurred in Spring Lake. A natural reproducing population is well established.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Fair

In 2019, 3 hybrid striped bass were sampled in the spring trapnets and 3 in the fall electrofishing survey. They ranged in size from 5 to 27 inches in length. The average body condition was good at a Wr of 102. A low density population of hybrid striped bass up to trophy size will be available in Spring Lake. Competition from the dense yellow bass and crappie populations for the appropriate size food will be the biggest challenge for the annual stocking of hybrid striped bass in Spring Lake.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

In 2019, spring trapnetting and fall D.C. electrofishing were used to survey the fish population. The largemouth bass population was evaluated by 128 bass from electrofishing. The largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 5 to 20 inches in length with good average Relative weights. The 5 year averages from 2012 to 2016 were PSD of 61, RSD15 of 33, RSD16 of 23, and RSD18 of 10. And a 5 year average CPUE .9 fish per minute over 8 inches with pulse D.C. eletrofishing. The 2019 electrofishing survey indicated a size structure that was at a PSD of 72, RSD15 of 29, RSD16 of 22 and the RSD18 of 12. The average body condition was at a Wr of 100. These are all very good indices and a collection rate of .9 fish per minute over 8 inches in length. The current bass population is present in a moderate density of fast growing fish.

MUSKELLUNGE

Developing

A total of 11 muskie were sampled by the spring trapnet survey and 5 in the fall electrofishing survey in 2019. These fish ranged from 12.8 to 39 inches long. The body condition of these fish was very good at an average Wr of 112. A low density population, of quality size muskie are present in Spring Lake. Jake Wolf Hatchery stocked 281 muskie at 10.75 inches in 2016, d 279 fish at 12.5 inches in 2017, 281 fish at 12.5 inches in 2018, and 281 fish at 13.5 inches in 2019. An annual stocking is now scheduled to maintain a low density of healthy muskie. In 2017, the muskie harvest regulation was changed from the statewide 1 fish daily harvest at a 36 inch minimum size, to a 42 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit. The goal of the new regulation is to protect the fish for at least 1 more year from angler harvest.

WALLEYE

Developing

The walleye population was sampled by 0 fish in spring trapnets and 8 fish in the fall electrofishing survey. The size range was from 11 to almost 27 inches long. The body condition was good with a Wr value of 92. And fish from both the 2015 and 2018 stockings were sampled. The 2018 stocking appears to be growing well and had reached 11 to 14 inches in length. In 2017, the walleye regulation was increased to an 18 inch minimum length limit and 3 fish daily harvest limit. The spring trapnets, fall electrofishing and angler harvest reports should allow a continued evaluation of the walleye population.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Very Good

The white crappie population has been very dense in recent years. The 5 year averages from 2015 to 2019 were an RSD10 of 35 and an RSD11 of 23. Only 41 black crappie have been sampled in 2015 thru 2019. In 2019, the white crappie population was sampled by 71 fish in the spring trapnets and 109 fish in the fall electrofishing survey. The size structure has maintained a good level with 35% of the fish over 10 inches and 19% over 11 inches in length. The average WR value of 94 was also good.

YELLOW BASS

Good

The yellow bass population was sampled by 116 fish from 4 to 9.5 inches in length. The current size structure can allow the harvest of yellow bass by anglers. Typically the yellow bass populations can be very cyclic from a high density of small fish to a low density of fish over 7 inches.

Location: Spring Lake is located approximately 2 miles northwest of Macomb in McDonough County with access off of County Highway 20.

Description: Spring Lake is a medium sized watershed impoundment owned by the City of Macomb as their water supply reservoir. The lake is managed for fishing by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The original lake was constructed in 1927 by the damming of Spring Creek. In 1969, a new and larger dam was constructed to form a reservoir of 277 acres. Currently, Spring Lake has a size of 244 acres, maximum depth of 32 feet, a shoreline of 6.1 miles and a centerline of 2.2 miles. A boat ramp and parking area is located at the east end of the lake. Other facilities provided at the Spring Lake Park include: camping, concessionaire, lodging, boat rental, hiking & biking trails and picnic areas.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Spring Lake and its sport fishery are evaluated annually by spring trapnetting and electrofishing which direct fish stockings, fishing regualtions and management.

Additional Lake Information: All Fish: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye: 18 inch minimum length limit, 3 fish daily limit
Muskie: 42 inch minimum and 1 fish per day limit
Largemouth or smallmouth bass: 15 inch minimum length limit, 3 fish daily limit
Channel or blue catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Striped, white or hybrid striped bass: 17 inch minimum size limit, 3 fish daily limit


Recreational Use Restrictions:
All live bait greater then 8 inches must be rigged with a quick set rig.
No horsepower limit with a “no wake” restriction.
Swimming is not permitted.

Contact Information:
Spring Lake Park
309-833-2052
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Rob Hilsabeck
309-446-9143