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Gillespie Old City Lake

Macoupin County, IL
Macoupin County, IL
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Gillespie Old City Lake is located 3 miles northwest of Gillespie, IL in Macoupin County.
Gillespie Old City Lake is 71 acres with a shoreline length of 5 miles, watershed of 3,300 acres, maximum depth of 21 feet, and average depth 8.8 feet. It is owned by the City of Gillespie and is cooperatively managed with IDNR Fisheries. This small water body is predominantly used for recreational fishing only.
2 pole and line fishing only. This lake has a trolling motor only regulation. There is one concrete ramp on the north end of the impoundment. There is also camping available at this site. During the Illinois Waterfowl Season fishing is only allowed between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm.
71 acres
LAKE SIZE
21 feet
MAX DEPTH
9 feet
AVG DEPTH
5.0 miles
SHORELINE
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
electric
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Gillespie Old City Lake.
TOPO MAP FOR MEMBERS
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Fair FAIR
Bluegill were collected at a catch rate of 380 fish/hour. The fish collected ranged from 2.0-7.5”. Two fish were over 7”. Bluegill body condition is poor (Wr=91). This population is always going to have its challenges competing for food resources with Gizzard Shad.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Average AVERAGE
Four Channel Catfish were collected, measuring 16.5-24.4”. Body Condition was average (Wr=98). Channel Catfish were stocked in 2017 and 2019. IDNR will continue to stock Channel Catfish as hatchery production allows.
CRAPPIE
Good GOOD
In 2017, Forty-Two Black Crappie were collected ranging from 6.3-9.8”. Two Black Crappie exceeded 9”. Thirty-Six White Crappie were collected ranging from 5.9-14.6”, eight of which exceeded 9”. The largest White Crappie measured 14.6” and weighed 1.52lbs. Anglers should be encouraged to harvest crappies. There are currently no crappie length limits or harvest limits on this lake.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Very Good VERY GOOD
In 2017, 114 Largemouth Bass ranging from 6.7-21.7” were collected. Seventeen Largemouth Bass exceeded 15”, and six exceeded 18”. The catch rate of 114 bass/hour exceeds the management goal (?60 bass/hour). This bass fishery continues to offer excellent bass fishing opportunities.
REDEAR SUNFISH
Very Good VERY GOOD
Redear Sunfish were collected at a rate of 310 fish/hour. 54.8% of adult fish collected were quality size (7” or larger). Ten fish collected exceeded 8”.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Gillespie Old City Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
Approximately 14 species occupy this fertile water body. At this time, only channel catfish are stocked periodically by IDNR Fisheries.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Gillespie Lake Office
618-362-6363
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Eric Ratcliff
618-931-4217
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