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DOUBLE T SFWA


Lake Information

County: Fulton

Acreage: 64

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Yes, no wake zone

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill size structure remained low according to the 2019 electrofishing survey results. The five year trend appears to be a bluegill population with a top size under 7.0 inches in length. The competition from the current gizzard shad and carp population may limit the ability of the bluegill population to improve to a good status.

CRAPPIE

Good

The black and white populations were sampled by the collection of 138 black crappie and 43 white crappie. The average relative weights for these fish were 86 and 90 respectively. 16 hybrid crappie were also sampled from 11.8 to 17.5 inches long. Quality white and hybrid crappie populations are present at a low density.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The Largemouth bass population was sampled by 78 stock size fish in 2019. The current bass regulation of a 21 inch minimum size limit and 1 fish per day was an effort to protect the initial population in the lake and to build this population up. In the 2019 sample, the PSD was 91, the RSD14 was 50, the RSD 16 was 31 and the RSD18 was 21. All of these values have been steady since 2010. These are all high values for a bass population. The catch rate was 1.3 in 2019 and has ranged from 1.1 to 4 fish per minute. The average Wr was good at 95 in 2019.

MUSKELLUNGE

Developing

In 2019, 17 muskie were collected by spring trapnets. These fish ranged in size from 25.5 to 48.2 inches long. The average body condition was average with a Wr value of 89. No muskie were stocked in 2004 or 2013, but 64 fish were stocked in each year from 2005 through 2016. 66 fish were stocked in 2017 and none in 2018 or 2019.

Location: The Double T State Fish and Wildlife Area is located 3 miles north west of Canton in Fulton County.

Description: Double T Lake is a 64 surface acre lake that was formed in 1983 by coal mining. This site was obtained by the State of Illinois in September 2001. The maiximum depth of the lake is approximately 65 feet. The lake is a long and linear final cut stripmine that form the shape of a double T. The basin topography is very steep shorelines with a fringe of submerged aquatic plants. Woody structure is limited to several beaver houses and the eastern end has the input of Put Creek. Water clarity has varied from 2 feet to over 7 feet.

The concrete boat ramp is accessible from Cypress Road.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fishery of Double T Lake is highlighted by a quality largemouth bass and black crappie populations with a developing muskie population. Pure muskie have been stocked since 2002 at a rate of up to 3 fish per acre at 10 to 14 inches long. In addition, Double T Lake has a strong population of carp and gizzard shad with small numbers of green sunfish and yellow bullheads present.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Waterfowl Refuge or Hunting Area. All use other than waterfowl hunting is prohibited from October 1 through the end of the central zone Canada Goose Season.

Site regulations:

Largemouth or smallmouth bass: 21 inch minimum; 1 fish/day*
Channel or blue catfish: fish/day
White, black or hybrid crappie: 10 inch minimum, 25 fish/day
Bluegill or redear sunfish: 25 fish/day
Muskie: 42 inch minimum, 1 fish/day

*daily limit includes all largemouth and smallmouth bass, either singly or in the aggregate.

Contact Information:
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
309-647-9184
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Rob Hilsabeck
309-446-9143


Multiple day tournaments are listed with * end date.

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2021 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
July-3117358ApprovedRamp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo