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PYRAMID-GREEN WING LAKE


Lake Information

County: Perry

Acreage: 40

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

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

3714

2020

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

2916


Additional information for stocking on PYRAMID-GREEN WING LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population appears relatively poor. Only one Bluegill over 7 inches was collected during the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey. No Bluegill over 8 inches have ever been collected in this lake. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

Channel catfish have been collected in the past, but none were collected during the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey. Experimental gill nets deployed during the 2021 fall netting survey should gather more information on the catfish population. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

CRAPPIE

Very Good

Green Wing Lake appears to have a very good crappie population consisting of both black and white crappie. Past trap net surveys conducted during spring have indicated an abundance of crappie over 10 inches. Crappie over 12 inches in length are also common. The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey yielded 6 Black Crappie in the 9-11 inch range. Trap nets deployed during the 2021 fall netting survey should gather better information on the crappie population. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

An electrofishing survey has never been conducted on Green Wing Lake until this year (2021). Updated electrofishing equipment now allows us to effectively electrofish in the high conductivity water present in Green Wing Lake. The 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey indicates a very good Largemouth Bass fishery in Green Wing Lake. We collected 32 bass during 20 minutes of electrofishing, 13% of which were over 18 inches. 47% of bass were within the 14-18 inch protected slot. The largest bass collected weighed 7 lbs. Site Regulation: Creel limit of 5 fish under 14" and one fish over 18"; there is a protected slot of 14-18" (no possession).

WALLEYE

Good

Walleye have been stocked annually at this lake since 2002. One Walleye measuring 24 inches and weighing 5 lbs. was collected during (20 minutes) the 2021 spring nocturnal electrofishing survey. Walleye up to 27 inches (7.5 lbs.) have been collected during past spring trap net surveys. Walleye stockings are being replaced by Saugeye (Walleye x Sauger hybrids) this year (2021). Relative to walleye, saugeye generally exhibit greater survival, growth, diet plasticity, and tolerance to warm water. Targeted surveys will be conducted every fall to monitor the progression of the fishery and to determine the better candidate (Walleye vs. Saugeye) for stocking in these strip mine lakes. It is hoped that Saugeye fingerlings will demonstrate better survival and recruitment than Walleye, thereby creating a higher density population that should improve angler catch rates.

Location: Pyramid State Park is located south of Pinckneyville in Perry County. The Denmark Section is accessed off Pyatt-Cutler Road. From State Route 127, head west on Pyatt-Cutler Road. About 7 miles west of Pyramid State Park, turn south into the Denmark Section.

Description: Green Wing Lake is a strip cut lake located on the Denmark Section of Pyramid State Park. Facilities at this 40-acre lake include a concrete boat launch, floating dock, 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 Green Wing Lake. All fishery information prior to 2021 was based on spring trap netting surveys. The electrofishing survey confirmed the lake possesses a very good Largemouth Bass fishery. The lake also possesses good angling opportunities for crappie. Walleye are successfully targeted by some experienced anglers, but can be difficult to catch due to their low density population, as well as their sensitivity to light and water temperature.

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 and bowfishing is allowed.

2 pole and line fishing only and bowfishing is allowed . 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