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Clinton Lake

De Witt County, IL
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Clinton Lake is located in DeWitt County 10 miles east of Clinton, IL.
This 4,895-acre lake was constructed to serve as a cooling reservoir for the Clinton Nuclear Power Station. The lake has a maximum depth of 60 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. Clinton Lake is No Wake for all boats from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise with the exception of waterfowl hunters. Various portions of the lake are designated as no-wake, electric motor only, or no boat areas for safety and security reasons. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks. There are 17 Class AA campsites, 286 Class A campsites and 5 Class B/S campsites at Clinton Lake with showers and almost all are adaptable to either tents, trailers or motor homes. Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake.
Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks.

Two new fishing regulations are in effect as of 4/1/17:
Walleye: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.
Channel catfish/blue catfish: 10 fish daily limit, no length limit.
4,895 acres
LAKE SIZE
60 feet
MAX DEPTH
15 feet
AVG DEPTH
129.9 miles
SHORELINE
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Unrestricted
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Crappie
Hybrid Striped Bass
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye
White Bass
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Clinton Lake.
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUE CATFISH
Average AVERAGE
A catfish survey was conducted in the fall of 2018 to assess the stocking of blue catfish. Blue catfish ranged in size from 9 inches to 29 inches. Blue catfish have been stocked at a low rate into Clinton Lake since 2014. See site regulation below.
CRAPPIE
Excellent EXCELLENT
In an attempt to improve the crappie fishery, blacknose crappie are stocked from on-site rearing ponds each year. During the most recent survey, the catch rate for black crappie was 20.9 black crappie per hour and the catch rate for blacknose crappie was 5.7 per hour. The white crappie catch rate went from 3.1 per hour in 2011 to 62.7 crappie per hour in 2018. In 2019, the catch rate was 43.4 crappie per hour. The catch rate objective is 25 per hour for white crappie and 15 per hour for black crappie and blacknose crappie. Approximately 24% of the white crappie were longer than 10 inches and 26% of the black crappie were longer than 10 inches. Clinton Lake is producing a quality crappie fishery. See site regulation below.
HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)
Good GOOD
Hybrid striped bass were first stocked in Clinton Lake in 1978. During the last spring gill netting survey, hybrid striped bass were collected at a rate of 2.4 per net. The average catch rate is 17.2 hybrids per net. The hybrid striped bass ranged in size from 14.5 inches to 27 inches. The heaviest hybrid weighed 13.84 pounds and the average weight was 5.54 pounds. Frame nets were used in 2018 to sample hybrid striped bass, walleye, and crappie. Approximately 64% of the hybrid striped bass collected were longer than 20 inches. The largest hybrid collected was 15.3 pounds. Clinton Lake has a good hybrid striped bass fishery and is maintained by annual stockings. See site regulation below.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Excellent EXCELLENT
The most recent survey resulted in a catch rate of 82.9 bass per hour and was above the management objective of 80 bass per hour. The average catch rate since 2011 is 87.6 bass per hour. The largest bass collected during the 2019 survey weighed 5.91 pounds. There are good numbers of larger bass in the lake, with 55% being over 12 inches in length and 29% over 15 inches. Clinton Lake has an excellent bass population. See site regulation below.
WALLEYE
Good GOOD
The catch rate for walleye during the most recent survey was 2.6 walleye per hour. The average catch rate since 2011 is 5.1 walleye per hour. Of the walleye collected over 10 inches, 89% were longer than 15 inches and 56% were longer than 20 inches. In an attempt to increase the number of walleye in the lake, the regulation was changed to an 18” minimum length limit and 3 per day harvest limit in 2017. The fishery is maintained from annual stockings. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.
WHITE BASS
Average AVERAGE
There were strong year classes in 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2019, which produced a great white bass fishery. Even though there have been recent strong year classes, the catch rate in the most recent survey was only 5.7 white bass per hour. The average catch rate is 15.6 white bass per hour. See site regulation below.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Clinton Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of the fisheries in Clinton Lake since the lake opened in 1979. The lake receives stockings of walleye, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish, and blacknose crappie.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Site Office
217- 935-8722
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus
217-784-4730
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