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PYRAMID-GOLDENEYE LAKE


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

Year

Species

Size

Count

2019

Muskellunge

Adult

26


Additional information for stocking on PYRAMID-GOLDENEYE LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Excellent

A total of 7 Black Crappie were collected during the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey. The largest Black Crappie was 10.5 inches in length. A fall trap net survey is planned for October/November 2021 to better evaluate the crappie fishery. Past trap net surveys conducted during spring indicate that a numbers of quality size (12+ inch.) crappie are present in the lake. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill fishery is relatively poor in Goldeneye Lake. A total of 128 Bluegill were collected during the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey. There were no Bluegill over 7 inches in the sample. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

No channel catfish were collected in the 2021 electrofishing survey. Experimental gill nets deployed during the 2021 fall netting survey should better evaluate the channel catfish population. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Developing

One Hybrid Striped Bass (wiper) was collected during the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey. This fish was most likely an immigrant from Redhead Lake, which has been stocked with wipers since 2015 and flows directly into Goldeneye Lake when water levels are high. Anglers have also reported catches of wipers on occasion. Due to their popularity with anglers and the dense shad forage base in Goldeneye Lake, a Hybrid Striped Bass stocking program will begin this year (2021).

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

An electrofishing survey has never been conducted on Goldeneye Lake until this year (2021). Updated electrofishing equipment now allows us to effectively electrofish in the high conductivity water present in Goldeneye Lake. The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey indicates an excellent Largemouth Bass fishery in Goldeneye Lake. We collected 149 bass during 45 minutes of electrofishing, 21% of which were over 18 inches. 48% of bass were within the 14-18 inch protected slot. The largest bass collected weighed 6.15 lbs. Goldeneye Lake appears to contain the best bass fishery in all of Pyramid State Park. Site Regulation: 5 fish under 14" and one over 18" daily limit; 14-18" protected slot (no possession).

MUSKELLUNGE

Good

Goldeneye Lake is stocked annually with 10-12 inch muskie. Due to the difficulty in using trap nets on steep-sided strip mine lakes, Muskie are rarely collected during targeted spring trap net surveys. However, angler reports suggest that large muskie are present in the lake and can be targeted and caught.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

A total of 10 Redear were collected during the spring nocturnal electrofishing survey. None were over 8 inches in length. However, past trap net surveys have indicated that fish over 8 inches are present. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

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 electrofishing equipment, electrofishing is now an effective sampling tool for this lake.
Therefore, the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey was the first ever conducted on Goldeneye Lake. All fishery information prior to 2021 was based on spring trap netting surveys. The electrofishing survey confirmed the lake possesses an excellent Largemouth Bass fishery. The lake also possesses good angling opportunities for Muskie and Black Crappie. The Hybrid Striped Bass fishery should improve during the coming years as the annual stocking program begins this year (2021).

Additional Lake Information: Note: A new horsepower rule went into effect February of 2018: Unlimited HP motor limit and all boats/motors must be operated at no wake speed.

Site 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: 1 fish daily limit, 48" minimum length.

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. From November 1 through February 28, fishing is allowed in designated areas only, and fishing hours are from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 2:00 PM. Maps of 23 lakes located on the Arch Portion of Pyramid State Park can be obtained via email by sending a request to Nicholas.Abell@illinois.gov

Contact Information:
Pyramid State Park:
618-357-2574
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Nick Abell
618-967-0952

There were 3 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2020.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 58

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1     5.09 lbs
2     4.90 lbs
3     4.38 lbs
4     4.25 lbs
5     3.98 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2020 tournaments:

1 45.59 lbs
2 40.25 lbs
3 15.23 lbs