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PALMYRA-MODESTO LAKE


Lake Information

County: Macoupin

Acreage: 35

Average Depth: 12.2 feet

Shoreline Length: 2.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Trolling Motor Only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

530

2020

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

525


Additional information for stocking on PALMYRA-MODESTO LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

Bluegill were collected at a catch rate of 228 fish/hour in 2017, and 118 fish/hour in 2019. Bluegill in this lake ranged from 2.0-7.9” collectively between years. In 2017, 4.8% exceeded 7”. Similar results were observed in 2019 where 4.3% exceeded 7”.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Four Channel Catfish were collected in 2017, and three in 2019. Collectively between years, fish ranged from 13-21”. Channel Catfish were stocked in 2018.

CRAPPIE

Fair

Black and White Crappie are present in this lake; however White Crappie are in higher abundance. In 2017, White Crappie collected ranged in size from 6.7-7.9”. No crappie were collected during the June 27, 2019 survey. This is not alarming as it is likely that these species were utilizing deeper parts of the lake during that summer survey and were outside the effective zone of the sampling gear.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

In 2017, Largemouth Bass ranging from 5.9-21.3” were collected. Thirteen Largemouth Bass exceeded 15”, and 10 exceeded 18” in 2017. The 2017 CPUE (N=42) was lower than the management goal (≥60 bass/hour); however most other structural indices were met or exceeded the management goal. The sample in 2019 yielded a lower catch rate (CPUE=22), but this survey was conducted during June when bass may have been utilizing deeper water. While numbers may not be high, this bass fishery continues to offer excellent trophy bass fishing opportunities.

Location: Palmyra-Modesto Water Commission Lake is located 1 mile east and one half mile north of Palmyra, IL in northwestern Macoupin County.

Description: Palmyra-Modesto Water Commission Lake is the water supply for both communities. This water body was constructed in 1965 and is primarily used for recreational fishing. Palmyra-Modesto Water Commission Lake has a trolling motor only motor size limit. There is a single, gravel ramp on the northwest end of the water body. There are picnic facilities across the road to the west at Terry Park. Approximately 13 distinct species reside in this impoundment. This lake receives periodic stockings of 8-10” channel catfish from the IDNR Hatchery.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Approximately 13 distinct species reside in this impoundment. This lake receives periodic stockings of 8” to 10” channel catfish via IDNR-Fisheries.

Additional Lake Information: Palmyra-Modesto Water Commission Lake has a trolling motor only motor size limit. 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 limit
Largemouth Bass: 15” minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Water Plant
217-436-2519
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Eric Ratcliff
618-931-4217