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CHRISTOPHER OLD CITY LAKE


Lake Information

County: Franklin

Acreage: 5

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

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"

802

2018

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

400

2018

Largemouth Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

400

2020

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

400

2020

Largemouth Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

800


Additional information for stocking on CHRISTOPHER OLD CITY LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

Bluegill numbers in Christopher Old City Lake were collected at a significantly lower rate of 42 per hour of electrofishing, and fish smaller than 6 inches in length were still the majority. Bluegill body condition increased substantially to well within the acceptable range. It is hoped that a stronger largemouth bass population (via recent implementation of more restrictive bass harvest regulations and bass stockings) will also improve quality of bluegill.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Channel catfish (6 per hour) were included in the 2019 Christopher Old City Lake sample, and these fish ranged from 14 to 18 inches in length with good body condition. The Christopher Old City Lake channel catfish population is maintained via supplemental stockings every other year.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Improving

The 2019 survey of Christopher Old City Lake produced a decreased number of largemouth bass (40 per hour of electrofishing) compared to the previous year, and quality declined slightly. Thirty-nine percent of bass were larger than the 15-inch miminum length limit, and no sampled fish were larger than 18 inches. Bass body condition was good, but evidence of natural reproduction was still lacking. Bass fingerlings have been stocked three times in the last four years to boost the population.

YELLOW BASS

Excellent

A potential threat to the Christopher Old City Lake sport fishery is the existence of significant numbers of yellow bass, which can compete with other small predators for food. Seventy-five of these fish were collected per hour in 2019, and their length ranged from 6 to 7.5 inches. Anglers are encouraged to remove any yellow bass that are caught to help control the population.

Location: Christopher Old City Lake is a very fertile, shallow, 20-acre, city-owned impoundment located just northwest of Christopher, Illinois and north of Route 14 in Franklin County.

Description: Christopher Old City Lake is mostly surrounded by woods and has a gravel ramp.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15" minimum length limit; 3 fish per day daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 per day creel limit.

Contact Information:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson
618-985-1112