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Cedar Lake

Jackson County, IL
Jackson County, IL
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Cedar Lake is located five miles southwest of Carbondale in Jackson County. The City of Carbondale boat access area is located at the end of Cedar Creek Road off of Old Route 51 South. Another boat access area can be found south of Murphysboro off of State Route 127.
Cedar Lake is 1750 acres in size with a maximum depth of 60 feet. The northern half of the shoreline is owned by the City of Carbondale. The southern half of the shoreline is surrounded by Shawnee National Forest, which is owned by the US Forest Service. There is no marina on Cedar Lake.
With a 10 HP motor limit and no swimming allowed (except at a designated beach), Cedar Lake receives very little recreational boat traffic throughout the year. However, parking at the two boat ramps can be a problem during peak fishing months in the spring and fall. There is no marina on Cedar Lake.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 14–18" protected slot (no possession); 5 fish under 14" and 1 fish over 18" daily limit
Striped, white or hypbrid bass: 17" minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit
White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit
2-pole and line fishing only

Fishing Tournaments: Permits for fishing tournaments are required from the City of Carbondale and can be obtained by contacting the City of Carbondale/Lake Manager – Cedar Lake 618-549-8441 beginning on January 1 of each year. No IDNR fish tournament permits will be issued until a City of Carbondale permit is obtained. Tournaments are limited to a 20 boat maximum.

Fish Attractors:Maps of 30 permanent Cedar Lake fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to [email protected]

1,750 acres
LAKE SIZE
60 feet
MAX DEPTH
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
10hp
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bullhead
Carp
Sucker
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Cedar Lake.
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FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Average AVERAGE
Despite the high density largemouth bass population, the bluegill population structure can only be described as average. A few bluegill over 8 inches are collected each spring in annual fisheries surveys.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Fair FAIR
Two channel catfish (18-23 inches) were collected in the 2019 spring survey. Catfish species have never been collected in great numbers in previous surveys.
CRAPPIE
Excellent EXCELLENT
Cedar Lake has an excellent crappie population consisting of both black and white crappie. Of the crappie collected in the 2019 spring survey, 87% were over 9 inches and 81% were over 10 inches.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Excellent EXCELLENT
During the 2019 spring electrofishing sampling, of largemouth bass collected 14% were over 18 inches in length. Anglers are encouraged to keep their daily limit of 5 largemouth bass under 14 inches to help thin out the smaller largemouths at Cedar Lake. This will increase growth rates, allow more largemouth bass to reach the protected slot limit, and lead to more trophy-sized fish in the future. Cedar Lake has one of the best largemouth bass populations of any lake in Illinois with respect to the total number of largemouth bass and largemouth bass over 18 inches.
REDEAR SUNFISH
Excellent EXCELLENT
The redear population is outstanding for a larger lake. Fifty-two percent of the redear sunfish collected during the 2019 spring survey were over 8 inches. Ten percent were over were over 10 inches.
STRIPED BASS
Improving IMPROVING
IDNR stocks striped bass into Cedar Lake when available. Five-hundred and eighty-four stripers (14.5 inch avg length) were stocked in November 2019. Anglers have reported catching striped bass in excess of 20 pounds. Many of the reported striped bass are caught by anglers fishing for largemouth bass. Cedar Lake offers one of the few opportunities in Illinois to catch striped bass.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Cedar Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
Threadfin shad are stocked into this lake when available as a supplemental forage base.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
City of Carbondale - Cedar Lake
618-549-8441
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-559-5009
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