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Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 147

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on W. FRANKFORT OLD CITY

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

Bluegill were collected from West Frankfort Old City Lake in 2019 at a rate of 64/hour of electrofishing. Quality of these fish exceeded the management plan goal, as 42% were larger than 6 inches, and 2% exceeded 7 inches in length. Bluegill body condition was very good.


Very Good

Abundance of channel catfish was good in the 2019 West Frankfort Old City Lake sample, as evidenced by the electrofishing catch rate of 12 fish per hour, and length of these fish ranged from 8 to 24 inches. Body condition was excellent. The channel catfish population of West Frankfort Old City Lake is maintained through supplemental stockings accomplished every other year. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



Crappie were less common during spring 2019. White and black crappie were collected at rates of 42 and 6 fish per hour of electrofishing, respect tively. However, many of these fish were 6 to 8 inches in length, and none of these were over 9 inches. Body condition of both crappie species was substandard, suggesting an overpopulation.



Largemouth bass were found in West Frankfort Old City Lake in better numbers in spring 2019, and these fish exhibited very good quality. The annual electrofishing survey produced 66 bass per hour (goal is 60 per hour. Fifty-four percent were over 12 inches, which exceeded the management plan goal, and 35% were larger than 15 inches, a slight decrease from the previous year. Bass body condition met management goals. 15" length limit, 3 fish daily limit.



As usual small numbers of redear were included in the 2019 survey of West Frankfort Old City Lake, compared to bluegill. Sixteen redear were collected per hour of electrofishing. 63% of these fish were 8 inches or larger, and 13% sampled were over 10 inches in length. Redear body condition was still excellent.

Location: West Frankfort Old City Lake is located approximately 4 miles east-southeast of West Frankfort, Illinois and one mile south of Route 149 in Franklin County.

Description: West Frankfort Old City Lake is a relatively shallow, 147-acre, city-owned impoundment. The lake is mostly surrounded by woods and has one boat ramp.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15" length limit, 3 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson

There were 2 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 6

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

1     2.38 lbs
2     2.00 lbs

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

1 6.63 lbs
2 4.50 lbs