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MACKINAW BIG POND


Lake Information

County: Tazewell

Acreage: 2

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? NO BOATS allowed

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2018

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

100

2019

Bluegill

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

300

2019

Bluegill

Fingerling 1 - 3"

3077

2019

Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

100


Additional information for stocking on MACKINAW BIG POND


Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Very Good

The current bluegill population is rated as very good with 72.7% of the population being over 8” and fish up to 9.5” being sampled. This population is of moderate density and is in excellent body condition (112).

CHANNEL CATFISH

Developing

This pond receives annual stockings of channel catfish which should provide anglers with ample opportunity.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Poor

In 2019, the largemouth bass population was evaluated by 51 bass collected by Pulsed-DC electrofishing. The largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 7 – 14 inches with a good body condition of 96. We did not collect any bass over 15 inches. The collection rate was 153/hr. This high-density population is applying effective predation upon the panfish population.

Location: The Mackinaw Fish and Wildlife Area Ponds are located four miles northeast of Mackinaw, adjacent to the Mackinaw River, off Gresham Road.

Description: There are two ponds at Mackinaw Fish and Wildlife Are: one is 1.5 acres and the another is 1.0 acre. Maximum depth of these ponds is 12.5 feet. Both have limited access to bank fisherman due to willow growth along the banks.

Contact Information:
Mackinaw State Fish and Wildlife Area
15470 Nelson Rd, Mackinaw, IL 61755
309-963-4969
IDNR Fisheries Biologist: Blake Bushman
(309) 435-1010