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Lake Sara

Effingham County, IL
Effingham County, IL
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Lake Sara is located in Effingham County approximately 5 miles southwest of Effingham, Illinois.
Lake Sara was constructed in 1957, and it has a surface area of 614 acres, a maximum depth of 47 feet, and a mean depth of 19 feet. The lake has 38 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 7,560 acres.
Two pole and line fishing only. Boat permits are required and can be purchased at either of Lake Sara's two Marinas, the Mach 1 gas station on Rt. 33 West, or Lake Sara Marina in Effingham.

Site Regulation:
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily limit, protected slot length limit of 15 – 18"
White, black, or hybrid crappie: 25 fish limit (collectively)
614 acres
LAKE SIZE
47 feet
MAX DEPTH
581 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Unrestricted
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
White Bass
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Lake Sara.
TOPO MAP FOR MEMBERS
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Poor POOR
The size structure of the bluegill population remained poor. Most of the sample was comprised of fish less than 7” in length. Body condition improved slightly, but remained poor, and growth rates remained below average. Anglers can expect to catch an abundance of fish 5” – 7” in length.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Fair FAIR
The channel catfish population was mostly comprised of older and larger fish. Natural recruitment remains low, keeping total numbers down. Growth rates remained average and body condition was just below target. Anglers can expect to see most fish in the 2 – 5 lbs. range, with some fish over 10 lbs.
CRAPPIE
Good GOOD
Both black and white crappie are present in Lake Sara, but white crappie are the dominant species. Data collected from the annual population survey indicated that 42% of the adult white crappie were greater than 10” in length. Body condition for white crappie remained stable and was good. Very few black crappie were collected and their average body condition was less than the minimum target. Together these two species should provide good angling opportunities in the coming year.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Improving IMPROVING
In an attempt to improve the size structure of the population, regulations were changed on April 01, 2017 to a 15” – 18” protected slot limit. Early results indicate the new regulation appears to be working. The percentage of the adult bass in the sample over 15” improved to 20% (a 25% increase from 2018). The catch rate improved for the third straight year. The percentage of fish above the slot also remained stable for the third straight year. Bass numbers below the slot remained high and body condition was still poor, but should improve with time. For 2020, the majority of bass below the slot will range from 0.5 -1.5 lbs., while those exceeding 18” will be 3.5 pounds or greater. Harvest of some bass below the slot limit (less than 15”) is encouraged for this coming year.
WHITE BASS
Fair FAIR
White bass numbers declined again in the fall 2019 survey. Only one white bass was collected and its body condition was poor. Angling opportunities for white bass should be fair in 2020.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Lake Sara
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
The sport fish population in Lake Sara is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, white and black crappies, white bass, and channel catfish. Other common species include common carp and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Lake Sara Water Authority
217-868-2787
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732
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