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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.
Forbes Lake was constructed in Stephen A. Forbes State Park near Salem in 1963. The Lake has a surface area of 585 acres, a maximum depth of 31 feet, and a mean depth of 12 feet. The lake has 18 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 13,800 acres.
Two pole and line fishing only.

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

How big is Forbes Lake?
Forbes Lake is approximately 542 sq acres (2 sq km) in size with 22 miles (35.7 km) of shoreline.
How deep is Forbes Lake?
Forbes Lake is approximately 31 feet (9.4 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 15 feet (4.6 m).
What kind of fish are in Forbes Lake?
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.

When are the best fishing times for Forbes Lake?
Today fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 3-5 pm. For more more best fishing times visit our Forbes Lake Fishing Forecast page. Lake-Link Pro Members can get detailed fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and species specific for Forbes Lake.
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