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SNAKEDEN HOLLOW SFWA LAKES & PONDS


Lake Information

County: KNOX

Acreage: 198

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Yes. Portable only

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

Average

Black crappie are found in many of the larger lakes like Northwest, Victoria and Freshwater Lake.

BLUEGILL

Good

Most of the ponds contain bluegill populations up to 8 inches in length.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

Channel catfish are present in a low density in many of the large lakes like Northwest, Victoria and Freshwater Lake.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

Most of the ponds contain largemouth bass populations from 8 to 18 inches in length in average body condition.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

Most of the ponds contain redear sunfish populations up to 9 inches in length.

Location: Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area is located near the town of Victoria, Illinois.

Description: Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area covers more than 2,500 acres of land and water bodies. There are approximately 34 bodies of water on the site over 1 acre in size, not including Lake McMaster. These small ponds and lakes total over 198 acres of water. They can be reached from Parking Areas that surround the perimeter of the property. These parking areas connect to an internal gravel road system that allows public foot traffic or bicycle use.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Most of the ponds on the site are composed of a sportfish population that is dominated by Largemouth, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Black Crappie and Channel Catfish.

Northwest Lake #1, is 6.5 acres and has a very good bluegill and redear sunfish population.

Treatment Pond #2, is 1.8 acres.

Beaver Pond #3, is 4.8 acres and has an average bluegill, redear sunfish and largemouth bass population.
It also has a population of bowfin.

Middle Beaver Pond #4, is a 2 acre shallow wetland pond.

South Beaver Pond #5, is a 3.5 acre shallow wetland pond.

Dragonfly Pond #6, is a 2.2 acre shallow wetland pond.

Slurry Pond #7, is a 1.7 acre shallow wetland pond.

Freshwater Lake #8, is a 16 acre, deep strip-mine lake with a good largemouth bass population and average
bluegill/redear sunfish population. It also has a low density muskie population.

Teal Lake #9, is a 7.5 acre, shallow wetland lake that has an average largemouth bass and bluegill/redear
sunfish population. It also has a population of bowfin.

Longdam Pond #10, is a 1.9 acre shallow pond. It has a good bluegill, redear sunfish and largemouth bass
population.

Willow Pond #11, is a 2.4 acre pond that has an average largemouth bass population and a good bluegill/
redear sunfish population.

Felix Pond #12, is a 5.8 acre pond that is deep, steep and with very clear water. It has an average bluegill,
redear sunfish and largemouth bass population.

Finger Lake #13, is a 15.8 acre lake that contains multiple shallow coves. It has a good bluegill/redear
sunfish population and an average largemouth bass population.

Cottontail Pond #14, is a 3 acre pond that is shallow and surrounded by dense phragmities grass. It has a
good bluegill and redear sunfish population, and an average largemouth bass population.

Ringneck Pond #15, is a 3.75 acre pond that is steep, deep with very clear water. It has an average bluegill/
redear sunfish population and an average largemouth bass population.

North Muskrat Lake #16, is a 8.8 acre shallow lake that is surrounded by phragmities grass.

Goose Pond #17, is a 1.2 acre pond that contains a stunted largemouth bass population.

Woodduck Pond #18, is a 2 acre pond.

Timber Pond #19, is a 3 acre pond that is surrounded by trees.

Middle Muskrat Lake #20, is a 8 acre lake that is surrounded by phragmitites grass.

South Muskrat Lake #21, is a 10.8 acre, shallow wetland that is surrounded by phragmities grass.

Deer Pond #22, is a 1.2 acre pond.

Sky Pond #23, is a 1.1 acre pond.

Pintail Pond #24, is a 1.6 pond that is surrounded by cattails and phragmities grass. It has a population of
smallmouth bass and average bluegill population.

Pasture Pond #25, is a 4.8 acre, shallow pond that is surrounded by willow trees, and phragmities grass. It
has an average bass population and a good bluegill population.

Deep Pond #26, is a 1 acre pond.

North Coyote Pond #27, is a 1.5 acre, shallow pond that is surrounded by willow trees and phragmities grass.
It has a stunted bluegill and black crappie population.

Marsh Lake #28, is an 8 acre lake that has a good largemouth bass, bluegill and redear sunfish population.

Crosscut Pond #29, is a 4 acre, shallow pond that is a series of connected narrow channels.

Long Pond #30, is a 5.1 acre pond that is very steep, deep with clear water. It has an average population of
bluegill/redear sunfish and largemouth bass.

Upper Long Pond #31, is a 3.5 acre pond.

Lake Victoria #32, is a 26 acre lake that is long and linear. It has a very good bluegill/redear sunfish,
black crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish populations.

Turkey Lake #33, is a 23.2 acre lake that is long and linear. It has a good bluegill/redear sunfish
population and an average largemouth bass population.

Bear Claw Pond #34, is a 4.8 acre pond that is shallow and surrounded by phragmities grass.






Additional Lake Information: 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
Rob Hilsabeck, IDNR Fisheries
(309) 446-9143