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Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 140

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unlimited HP/Wake Only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking










Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"






Additional information for stocking on Pyramid Galum - Goldeneye Lake

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status


Very Good

Goldeneye Lake has a quality Black Crappie population. Most collected during surveys are over 10 inches in length. During the 2022 spring trap net survey, 7 Black Crappie were collected. Fish ranged in length from 9 to over 15 inches. The largest Black Crappie was 15.7 inches and weighed 2.2 lbs.



The bluegill population size structure is poor. The majority of Bluegill collected during past surveys have been less than 6 inches in length.



A small number of Channel Catfish have been collected during surveys and have ranged in size from 2 to 5.5 lbs.



One hybrid striped bass was collected during the 2021 spring electrofishing survey, which was 22 inches in length and weighed nearly 6 lbs. This individual likely came from Redhead Lake, which is stocked annually and overflows into Goldeneye Lake. An initial year class of 2800 Hybrid Striped Bass were stocked in Goldeneye Lake during 2021. However, none were available for stocking in 2022. Hybrid Striped Bass will continue to be stocked each year that fish are available.



Electrofishing is now a suitable sampling tool at this lake thanks to modernized equipment that can effectively stun fish in high conductivity water. During the 2022 targeted bass electrofishing survey, a total of 65 Largemouth Bass were collected. The observed catch rate of 130/hour was over double the goal of 60/hour. The Largemouth Bass population met all other management goals for relative weight and size structure. The length distribution of Largemouth Bass in the 2022 sample is indicative of a quality bass population, containing an ample number of individuals over preferred length (15 in.). The mean relative weight (plumpness) of all Largemouth Bass in the sample was right at the goal of 90. Otolith length-at-age data was collected from 48 Largemouth Bass. Growth was relatively good, as Largemouth Bass generally reached 11 inches by age two, 14 inches by age three, and 15 inches by age 4. Goldeneye Lake contains one of the best bass fisheries within Pyramid State Park.


Very Good

Stockings of non-vulnerable size (10-14 inches) Muskie have occurred since 2002. During the 2022 spring trap net survey, four Muskie were collected. Fish ranged in length from 32 to 39 inches and weighed between 8 and 16 lbs. Although several Muskie were collected in 2022, many past trap net surveys failed to capture any Muskie. Trap netting effort during future surveys will be at least doubled to increase sample sizes.

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. The Galum Section is accessed off Panda Bear Road. From State Route 127, head west on Pyatt-Cutler Road. About 6 miles west of Pyramid State Park, turn north onto Panda Bear Road.

Description: Goldeneye Lake is a 140-acre strip cut located in the Galum Unit of Pyramid State Park. Facilities at the lake include a concrete boat launch, floating docks, and bathrooms.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Thanks to upgraded equipment, electrofishing is now an effective sampling tool for this lake.
The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey was the first conducted on Goldeneye Lake. All fishery information prior to 2021 was based on spring trap net surveys. Trap nets and gill nets are still utilized to provide information on species frequently underrepresented during electrofishing surveys.

Electrofishing data from the past two years has verified that Goldeneye Lake harbors an excellent bass fishery. Goldeneye Lake is also known to produce Muskies over 45 inches and decent numbers of big crappie. Survey data and sonar observations indicate that Goldeneye Lake has a very dense stock of Gizzard Shad, which is likely a key driver in producing big game fish.

Additional Lake Information: Note: There is no motor HP limit, but all boats must be operated at no wake speed.

Site-specific Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 5 fish under 14” and fish 1 over 18” limit, 14–18 inch protected slot (no possession)
Bluegill or redear sunfish: 25 fish daily limit
Crappie: 25 fish daily limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Muskellunge: 48-inch minimum length limit

2 pole and line fishing only and bowfishing is allowed. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig.

Please note that from November 1 through the end of February, fishing is prohibited except within the designated area between the boat launch and marker buoy. Legal fishing hours from November 1 through the last day of February are from one half hour before sunrise to 2 p.m.

Maps of fish attractor locations can be obtained via the link on this page that says "Fish Attractor Locations Map".

Contact Information:
Pyramid State Park:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Nick Abell

There were 1 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2022.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 13

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2022 tournaments:

1     4.44 lbs
2     3.80 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2022 tournaments:

1 16.27 lbs
2 0.00 lbs