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Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 40

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on Long Cut Lake - DuQuoin Fairgrounds

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

The Bluegill population in Long Cut Lake appears to demonstrate decent growth potential despite the presence of Gizzard Shad. During the 2021 spring electrofishing survey, only 17 Bluegill were collected. However, several of them were over 7 inches and a few were just under 8 inches in length. Body condition was very good across all sizes of Bluegill. The abundance of small bass in the lake is a likely driver behind the favorable Bluegill size structure.


Very Good

IDNR stocks roughly 1,500 (8-10-inch) Channel Catfish in Long Cut Lake every year. The fishery these stocked fish sustain is very popular among local anglers, who often harvest their catch. During the 2021 fall netting survey, a total of 31 Channel Catfish were collected in three overnight gill net sets. The largest catfish was just over 5 lbs. 68% of the catfish collected were under 11 inches in length and were likely stocked earlier in the year. Annual Channel Catfish stockings will continue on an annual basis to sustain the fishery for them.



Long Cut Lake contains an abundance of small bass in the 10–12" range. A total of 102 Largemouth Bass were collected during the spring electrofishing survey. Of the bass collected, 50% were between 10 and 12 inches. Very few bass over 12 inches were collected.


Very Good

Redear growth also appears to be very good in Long Cut Lake. Although only 3 fish were collected, they were all quality-size individuals. The largest was over 11 inches and weighed 1.23 lbs.



Although not targeted by many anglers, Yellow Bass can provide excellent angling opportunities in lakes where growth is sufficient. Yellow Bass also provide excellent table fare due to their invertebrate diet. Long Cut Lake harbors a quality Yellow Bass population with many fish in the 10 – 12" range. Thirteen of the 23 Yellow Bass collected during the fall netting survey were over 10 inches in length.

Location: The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds are located within the city of Du Quoin, IL in Perry County. Long Cut Lake is located on the northwest side of the fairgrounds.

Description: This lake is a 40-acre strip cut that is mostly surrounded by the state fairgrounds. There is no boat ramp open to the public. However, most of the lake shore is well maintained and is accessible to shore anglers. This lake receives a considerable amount of fishing pressure due to the ease of public access and location within the city of Du Quoin.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Long Cut Lake has not been sampled by IDNR prior to 2021. Sampling effort consisted of a 30-minute electrofishing survey and a fall trap net and gill net survey. The lake has an abundance of small bass, which has led to good size structure observed in the Bluegill, Redear, and Yellow Bass populations. The Channel Catfish population is sustained through stocking and supports a popular fishery for local anglers. The lake also harbors an abundance of large Gizzard Shad. Therefore, there is likely a small number of large bass that were not observed during the survey. Moving forward, Long Cut Lake will be surveyed once every 2 to 3 years to monitor fish populations in the lake.

Additional Lake Information: Site Regulations:
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Bluegill/Redear Sunfish - 25 fish daily limit
Largemouth Bass - 3 fish daily limit; 15" minimum length limit.

2 Pole and Line Fishing Only

Contact Information:
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Nick Abell