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Forbes Lake

Marion County - Illinois
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Forbes Lake is located in Marion County, approximately 13 miles northeast of Salem Illinois.
Site Regulations:
Largemouth Bass: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit
Striped, White, Hybrid Striped Bass: 3 fish daily limit; 17" minimum length limit
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit, no length limit

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Frequently Asked Questions About Forbes Lake, IL

How big is Forbes Lake?
Forbes Lake is approximately 542 sq acres (2.2 sq km) in size with 22 miles (35.7 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Forbes Lake?
Forbes Lake is approximately 31 feet (9.5 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 15 feet (4.6 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Forbes Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Striped Bass, Tiger Muskie, Walleye, White Crappie and Yellow Bullhead in Forbes Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Saugeye and Wiper Bass.

What are the closest cities to Forbes Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Kinmundy, IL, Iuka, IL and Farina, IL.

Are there places to stay in the Forbes Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Forbes Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there topographical lake maps available Forbes Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Forbes Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there places to eat and drink near Forbes Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What is the fishing outlook for Forbes Lake?
What does the future look like for Forbes Lake? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Forbes Lake.

Explore the Forbes Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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History & Status of the Fishery
The sport fish population in Forbes Lake is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, white crappie, and channel catfish, and is stocked annually with saugeye (walleye/sauger hybrid). The lake also contains a strong population of yellow bullheads and large common carp (20+ lbs). The fish population is surveyed annually.

Controling Authority
Stephen A. Forbes State Park
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood

What is the average air temp for Forbes Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Forbes Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 76°F (24°C) to a low around 55°F (13°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Forbes Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Forbes Lake.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Forbes Lake...
Kinmundy Reservoir 6.5 mi 107 26 ft
Salem Reservoir 11.4 mi 60 14 ft
Charley Brown Park Lake 12.6 mi 10 9 ft
Sam Dale Lake 15.6 mi 194
Lake Centralia 17.0 mi 412 23 ft
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