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Otter Lake

Macoupin County, Illinois
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Otter Lake is located in north central Macoupin County 6 miles west of Girard, IL.
Otter Lake is named after Otter Creek, which was dammed to provide flood control, water-based recreation, and potable water for surrounding towns. This beautiful central Illinois Lake was built in 1968, and has provided wonderful fishing opportunities since. The lake is 765 acres, has a shoreline length of 39 miles, a watershed size of 12,985 acres, a maximum depth of 51 feet, and an average depth of 20 feet.
Otter Lake has a 115 hp motor size limit. There is a single boat ramp at mid-lake on the north side of Palmyra blacktop. The site has a concession stand/bait shop, campground, and picnic areas. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig. 2 pole and line fishing only.
How big is Otter Lake?
Otter Lake is approximately 765 sq acres (3 sq km) in size with 38 miles (61.8 km) of shoreline.
How deep is Otter Lake?
Otter Lake is approximately 51 feet (15.5 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 20 feet (6.1 m).
What kind of fish are in Otter Lake?
Anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Channel Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Muskie and White Bass in Otter Lake.
When are the best fishing times for Otter Lake?
Today fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 9-11 am and 5-6 pm. For more more best fishing times visit our Otter Lake Fishing Forecast page. Lake-Link Pro Members can get detailed fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and species specific for Otter Lake.
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vl f.
Dupo, Illinois
4 star rating
Bass Fishing was good on one of the hottest days of the year (July 27)The Lake temperature was in the 80 degree range, Fish were sitting in about 5 to 8 foot of water and right on the bottom near stick ups and laydowns. The Bass were in the 16 inch range but all were released back into the lake right away. But the $10 a day fee for just getting on the lake seems a little steep. But it is a beautiful lake!!!
Reviewed Jul 28, 2002
rob g.
Mt.Auburn, Illinois
3 star rating
Fishing aint to bad,crappie were hitting good on minnoes.10 dollers a day didn't sit to well.
Reviewed Apr 6, 2002
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