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Lake Information

County: Morgan

Acreage: 112

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No HP limit, No Wake Only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on WAVERLY LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



This population is poor. The relative weights are excellent, but no fish were collected over 7”. In lakes where Gizzard Shad are present Bluegill tend to exhibit slow growth due to competition for food resources.



Six Channel Catfish were collected in 2019, ranging from 11.0-19.7”, and the largest weighed 2.4lbs. Non-vulnerable Channel Catfish were last stocked in August of 2018. Prior to the 2018 stocking, Channel Catfish had not been stocked since 2000. There is a lack of predators and the lake is turbid, which suggests that catfish should do well in this lake. Channel Catfish will continue to be stocked on a biennial schedule.



Two White Crappie were collected in 2019. These fish measured 9.8” and 10.6”. Average body condition was good (Wr = 95). One Black Crappie was collected in 2019. It measured 8.3”. No White Crappie were collected in 2017. Very few White Crappie were collected in 2016 and they were in poor body condition (Wr=84).



Flathead Catfish, a large predator fish, were discussed as a potential option for controlling undesirable fish species (e.g., Common Carp, Bullhead spp., Gizzard Shad, etc.). Historic stocking records and survey data indicated that no Flathead Catfish were present in Waverly Lake. District Biologist, Blake Ruebush, and assisting field staff stocked 108 Flathead Catfish ranging from 3.5”-45.4” from 8/14-16/2019. The largest fish weighed 49.5lbs. 106 Fish were collected from the Alton Reach, IL River. Two fish came from the 2019 IL State Fair Display. 49 of the 108 fish were given a Floy-Tag and PIT-Tag to track recapture, growth, and harvest. Two Flathead Catfish were collected during the fall 2019 electrofishing survey. Flathead Catfish #23448 measured 14.1” when it was stocked on 8/14/2019 and 15.7” on 9/26/2019 when it was collected in the fall survey. The second Flathead Catfish collected measured 9.1” and was one of the unmarked fish that was released in August. Flathead Catfish stocking and tagging will occur again in 2020, as scheduling allows



The Largemouth Bass catch rates remain low (CPUE = 26). Ideally, we would sample 60 or more Largemouth Bass in one hour of electrofishing. Fish collected ranged from 6.3-22.0” and weighed up to 5.7lbs. 21.7% (5 fish) of our sample reached 18” and are probably fish from the 2018 hatchery stocking.

Location: Waverly Lake is in Morgan County, 3 miles northwest of Waverly, and 23 miles southwest of Springfield.

Description: The lake is 119 acres and is mostly surrounded by hardwood timber offering an abundance of submerged snags and stumps for fish habitat.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Other species collected during the population survey included Black Bullhead, Common Carp, Freshwater Drum, Green Sunfish, Gizzard Shad, Yellow Bullhead, and Yellow Bass.

Additional Lake Information: The lake has one boat ramp on the south side of the lake on Waverly Lake Road.

Two pole and line fishing only and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing.

Site Regulations:
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily harvest limit
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily harvest limit; 15” minimum length limit

Contact Information:
City Clerk
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Blake Ruebush

There were 3 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 12

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

1     4.69 lbs
2     3.44 lbs
3     3.25 lbs
4     3.12 lbs
5     2.75 lbs

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

1 19.38 lbs
2 10.94 lbs
3 0.00 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-2218543ApprovedWaverly Lake Ramp (waverly lake Rd.) boat
7Largemouth Bass