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Clinton Lake

De Witt County, Illinois
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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.
How big is Clinton Lake?
Clinton Lake is approximately 4,895 sq acres (20 sq km) in size with 130 miles (209.1 km) of shoreline.
How deep is Clinton Lake?
Clinton Lake is approximately 60 feet (18.3 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 15 feet (4.6 m).
What kind of fish are in Clinton Lake?
Anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Blue Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye and White Bass in Clinton Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include and Crappie.

When are the best fishing times for Clinton Lake?
Today fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 9-11 am. For more more best fishing times visit our Clinton Lake Fishing Forecast page. Lake-Link Pro Members can get detailed fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and species specific for Clinton Lake.
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john h.
rantoul, Illinois
5 star rating
great overall lake, always something good to catch, tons of waleyes, stripers, whitebass, and crappie.. plus alwasy some big largemouths hiding around and huge catfish, the spillwya is excellent in the spring and early summer also
Reviewed Jan 12, 2008
mark s.
elmwood pk, Illinois
4 star rating
I fished Clinton lake the last two weekends. The lake itself is beautiful, it reminds me of a lakes back in Texas. Tons of standing and fallen timber. My buddy and I caught numbers of largemouth,they lacked in size but was still fun. All fish were caught out of the numerous coves. Bass were chasing shad in the back of the coves. Good Luck!!
Reviewed Oct 25, 2004
matt b.
Fargo, North Dakota
5 star rating
Clinton Lake is a good all around lake in an accessible location. I had very good luck there fishing for largemouth, Hybrid Striped Bass, Catfish and Crappie. I had better luck at the west end of the lake, in the numerous wooded coves.
Reviewed Jul 18, 2004
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