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PYRAMID-REDHEAD LAKE


Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 55

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unlimited Motor/No Wake

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2019

Striped Bass x White Bass

Fingerling 1 - 3"

1508


Additional information for stocking on PYRAMID-REDHEAD LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The Bluegill size structure appears to be relatively poor in Redhead Lake. A total of 111 Bluegill were collected during (15 minutes) the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey. Only 2% of Bluegill were over 7 inches and none were over 8 inches.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey suggests a quality Channel Catfish fishery exists in Redhead Lake. Eight Channel Catfish were collected during 30 minutes of electrofishing and ranged in size from 3 to 8.5 lbs. Experimental gill nets deployed during the 2021 fall netting survey should help to further evaluate the Channel Catfish population.

CRAPPIE

Good

Redhead Lake has both White and Black Crappie. Past trap net surveys conducted during spring indicate that a good crappie fishery should exist in the lake.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Developing

Hybrid striped bass were stocked annually starting in 2015. No SBH were collected in the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey. Gill nets are the most effective sampling gear for Hybrid Striped Bass. Therefore, experimental gill nets deployed during the 2021 fall netting survey should help to evaluate the status of the Hybrid Striped Bass fishery.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey suggests Redhead Lake has a good bass population. A total of 79 bass were collected during 30 minutes of electrofishing and only 4% were over 18 inches in length. 23% of bass were within the 14-18 inch protected slot. The bass size structure in Redhead Lake is less desirable than some other lakes within the park, such as Goldeneye and Super Lakes. The relatively muddy water that constitutes Redhead Lake likely impacts Largemouth Bass feeding efficiency in some degree.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

A total of 12 Redear were collected during 15 minutes of nocturnal electrofishing. The majority of these fish were over 7 inches, the largest measuring 8.7 inches in length.

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. Redhead Lake is a strip cut lake located on the Galum Section of Pyramid State Park. 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: The only facilities offered at this 75-acre lake is a gravel boat ramp. Parking is very limited and anglers should check the condition of the ramp before attempting to launch at this lake.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey was the first nocturnal electrofishing survey conducted at Redhead Lake and the first electrofishing survey of any kind conducted since 2008. Nearly all fishery information prior to 2021 was based on spring trap netting surveys. The nocturnal electrofishing survey confirmed the lake possesses good fisheries for Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, and Redear Sunfish. The lake also possesses angling opportunities for Black Crappie and Hybrid Striped Bass. More information should be gained on the crappie and Hybrid Striped Bass populations upon completing a fall netting survey.

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

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