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KEN RUSSELL "T" LAKE


Lake Information

County: KNOX

Acreage: 22

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? electric -small boats

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Good

In 2020, the black crappie population was sampled by 6 fish in the electrofishing survey. The size ranged from 9.4 to 11 inches in length and the body condition was average at an average Wr of 85. In 2017, the crappie regulation was changed from a 5 fish daily harvest limit, to a 25 fish daily harvest limit with no more than 10 fish greater than or equal to 10 inches. The goal of the new regulation is to allow the harvest of more of the slower growing black crappie, while maintaining and promoting the population structure of crappie over 10 inches in length.

BLUEGILL

Good

The bluegill population was sampled by 126 fish in the electrofishing survey. The current bluegill population is rated as good with the larger fish up to 8.0 inches in length. This population is of high density and in average body condition with an average Wr of 87.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

The channel catfish population was not sampled in 2020 in the electrofishing survey. This population is of low density and in good body condition. The last stocking of channel catfish was in 2014.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

In 2020, a late summer D.C. electrofishing survey was used to evaluate the fish population. This lake was completely rehabilitated in fall of 2012. It was restocked in 2012 and 2013 with fingerling largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, redear sunfish and channel catfish. This lake opened to public fishing on 4/1/2021. The largemouth bass population was evaluated by 54 bass from electrofishing. The largemouth bass population appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 3 to 15 inches in length with an average Relative weight of 92. In 2017, the bass regulation for Snakeden Hollow SFWA waters were changed from a 3 fish daily harvest limit with only 1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches, to a protected slot length limit from 14 to 18 inches with 3 fish daily harvest limit. The goal of the new bass regulation is to increase the density of the bass population from 14 to 18 inches. This increased bass density should help create a population that is composed of fish large enough to be efficient predators upon the panfish population. The benefit to bass anglers will be more fish surviving past 15 inches to catch, and for the anglers wanting to harvest bass will be the opportunity to still harvest fish under 14 inches.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

The redear sunfish population was sampled by 9 fish in the electrofishing survey. The current redear population is rated as very good with the larger fish up to 11 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in very good body condition with an average Wr of 103. In 2017, the bluegill and redear sunfish regulation was changed from a 10 fish daily harvest limit to a 25 fish daily harvest limit. This change will allow anglers the ability to harvest more bluegill and redear sunfish per daily visit to Snakeden Hollow SFWA waters.

Location: The Ken Russell "T" Lake at Snakeden Hollow Sate Fish and Wildlife Area opened for public fishing at the beginning of April 2021. This 22 acre strip-mine lake is located near the junction the Illinois Route 167 and Illinois Route 180, this is east of the town of Victoria, Illinois. The new parking lot to access this lake is on Illinois Route 167.

Description: The access to the lake is from the new parking area off of Illinois Route 167. The current boat access is limited to small portable boats, canoe or kayaks. Paddle power and electric motors only. It is approximately 50 yards to the lake access from the parking area. Shoreline fishing spots are present, but be prepared to enjoy a hike to reach the far ends of this lake!

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: This lake and adjoining property was a new addition to the Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area through a land purchase facilitated with help of Pheasants Forever. The lake is dedicated in the honor of Mr. Ken Russell. Ken was the IDNR District Fisheries Biologist for this part of the state from 1962 to 2016. In 2012, Ken utilized a set of siphon tubes to lower this lake 5 feet to allow the rehabilitation and removal of a very dense common carp population. The lake was restocked in 2013 with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie and channel catfish. The IDNR was assisted with this project by a generous donation of fish and funds from Logan Hollow Fish Farm, Quad City In-Fisherman Club, Quad Cities Conservation Alliance, Mississippi Valley Muskies, Inc. and the Fyre Lake Sportmens Club.

Additional Lake Information: The current fish population is composed of largemouth bass predominately from 8 to 15 inches in length, bluegill up to 8.5 inches in length, redear sunfish up to 11 inches in length, a dense black crappie population from 9 to 11 inches in length, and channel catfish up to 24 inches in length.

The fishing regulations are identical to the rest of the Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area site:
All Fish - 2 pole and line fishing only.

Large or Smallmouth Bass: Protected Slot Length Limit from 14 to 18 inches with 3 fish daily harvest limit.

Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 25 fish Daily Harvest Limit.

White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 10 fish greater than or equal to 10 inches.

Pure Muskellunge: Harvestable slot from 36 to 42 inches, and 48 inch minimum length limit with 1 fish daily harvest limit.

Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily harvest limit.

Walleye, Sauger, or Hybrid Walleye: 3 fish daily harvest limit.

Contact Information:
Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area
309-879-2607
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Rob Hilsabeck
309-446-9143