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Ramsey Lake

Fayette County, IL
Fayette County, IL
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Ramsey Lake is located in Fayette County, approximately 2 miles northwest of Ramsey Illinois.
Ramsey Lake was constructed in Ramsey Lake State Park near Ramsey, IL in 1949. Ramsey Lake has a surface area of 46 acres, a maximum depth of 22 feet, and a mean depth of 8 feet. The lake has 2.8 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 1,500 acres.
Two pole and line fishing only. No gas motors are allowed.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Bluegill and redear sunfish: 25 fish daily limit
White, black, or hybrid crappie: 10 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit
54 acres
LAKE SIZE
22 feet
MAX DEPTH
8 feet
AVG DEPTH
2.8 miles
SHORELINE
574 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
No gas motors
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Black Crappie
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Saugeye
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Ramsey Lake.
TOPO MAP FOR MEMBERS
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLACK CRAPPIE
Very Good VERY GOOD
The 2019 survey showed that black crappie condition remained good. The size structure of the population was also good and fish over 10” in length comprised approximately 50% of the adult crappie in the sample. With good growth rates, the population should remain strong over the next few years. Site Regulation: 10 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit.
BLUEGILL
Good GOOD
The body condition of bluegill in the population declined slightly this year, but the size structure improved. Survey data indicated that nearly 70% of the adult bluegills in the population were over 6” in length and 12% were over 8”. This lake should provide good bluegill fishing in the coming year. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Good GOOD
Catfish are abundant in Ramsey Lake and should provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Most fish will range from 1 – 4 pounds with larger fish over 5 pounds. This lake provides excellent bank fishing opportunities. The best places to fish include the dam, the upper ends of the lake, and in the backs of coves. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Improving IMPROVING
The 2019 survey showed that the size structure of the bass population had declined slightly from last year. The survey found a large group of bass in the 10” – 14” size range. However, approximately 18% of the adult bass in the sample exceeded the 14” minimum length (a 20% increase from 2018). The catch rate also decreased, but remains well over target. Average body condition improved significantly from the 2018 survey. The number of larger fish in the population is still below a desirable level, but is expected to improve further in the coming years. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Ramsey Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
The sport fish population in Ramsey Lake is comprised of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, and channel catfish. The lake also contains green sunfish, saugeye (walleye/sauger hybrids), and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Ramsey Lake State Park
618-423-2215
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732
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