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Sangchris Lake

Christian County, Illinois
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Sangchris Lake is located 20 miles southeast of Springfield off of IL Route 104, 7 miles north of Bulpitt.
Sangchris Lake is 2325 acres. The lake was developed as a result of damming Clear Creek in 1964. The Division of Fisheries has been involved in the management of this lake from its beginning in 1965. It was owned by Commonwealth Edison and served as a cooling lake for their coal-fired power plant. The fish community is therefore highly dependent on power plant operation. Commonwealth Edison sold the plant to the current owner, Dominion Power, in the early 2000s. The maximum depth in the lake is approximately 38 feet with and average depth of approximately 13 feet. Sangchris Lake has three boat access points; one on each arm.
Sangchris Lake has three boat access points; one on each arm. Rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and boats with motors 25 horsepower or less are welcome. A motor greater than 25 horsepower may be on a boat, however it should be in the up position (out of the water), and an alternative motor 25 horsepower or less should be used on the lake. Motors of any size may be used to load or unload from the trailer. Sailboats are not permitted. The long-awaited West Boat Ramp opened in the fall of 2014. Improvements include: a new boat ramp that extends further in the water for safer boat launching, larger parking lot, new access road, and handicap-accessible sidewalks and parking.

Two pole and line fishing only. No commercial devices, such as trot lines, jugs, or bank poles, are allowed. Archery fishing is allowed for rough fish, but not within 200 yards of a developed area, such as a campground.

In August 2017, fish habitat structures were deployed into Sangchris Lake. See the map here: Fish Structures Location Map.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15" minimum length limit; 3 fish per day limit
Crappie: 10" minimum length limit; 10 fish per day limit
Striped bass: No limit under 17; 3 fish a day over 17" limit

How big is Sangchris Lake?
Sangchris Lake is approximately 2,321 sq acres (9 sq km) in size with 97 miles (156.7 km) of shoreline.
How deep is Sangchris Lake?
Sangchris Lake is approximately 38 feet (11.6 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 13 feet (4.0 m).
What kind of fish are in Sangchris Lake?
Anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Striped Bass in Sangchris Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include and Crappie.

When are the best fishing times for Sangchris Lake?
Today fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 6-8 pm. For more more best fishing times visit our Sangchris Lake Fishing Forecast page. Lake-Link Pro Members can get detailed fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and species specific for Sangchris Lake.
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dwight a.
Riverton, Illinois
5 star rating
I have been fishing this lake for as long as I can remember. This March and April was the best crappie fishing that I have ever had. I took a vacation the first week of April and every time I went out I caught my limit. I was throwing 11 and 12 inch ones back to keep 13 and 14 inch ones. I can't wait for the fall so I can catch some more.
Reviewed Aug 27, 2011
tim r.
Bloomington, Illinois
5 star rating
During spring and fall this is one lake that is hard to beat! I am a bucket mouth guy and this is by far my first choice to fish up until May!
Reviewed Mar 30, 2008
tp r.
Rochester, Illinois
4 star rating
This a great crappie lake from Feb to April. By May the water is so warm it is hard to find the crappie. Good largemouth bass lake almost year round. They still catch some hybrid stripers out there, but they have not been stocked for a while. I fish the northern half of the lake in both the east and west arms.
Reviewed Apr 17, 2006
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