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Evergreen Lake

McLean County, IL
McLean County, IL
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Evergreen Lake is located approximately 15 miles North of Bloomington, Illinois and is easily accessible by taking I-39 North to the Lake Bloomington/Evergreen Lake Exit, then proceeding west on the Lake Bloomington Road (2500N).
Evergreen Lake was built in 1970 to serve as a secondary water source for the City of Bloomington. The lake is owned by the City of Bloomington and is managed by the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation. Evergreen Lake is part of Comlara County Park. The lake is 925 acres and has an average depth of 19.7 feet and a maximum depth of 50 feet. There are 2 boat launches on the lake and one canoe launch. Comlara County Park offers 137 campsites, a swimming beach, and showers. The Friends of Everbloom is an organization that assists with habitat projects and improving the quality of Evergreen Lake. To learn more about their organization, visit their web page http://friendsofeverbloom.weebly.com.
County watercraft registration is required. There are 2 boat launches on the lake and one canoe launch. Comlara County Park offers 137 campsites, a swimming beach, and showers. Outboard motor size limit of 10 hp.

Two pole and line fishing only; no trot lines, jugs or bank poles. Sport anglers may take carp, carpsuckers, buffalo, gar, bowfin and suckers by pitchfork, gigs, bow and arrow or bow and arrow devices.

Site Regulations:

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass: 3 fish daily limit; 15" length limit
Walleye/Saugeye/Sauger: 3 fish daily limit; 18" length limit
Muskellunge: 1 fish daily limit; 48" length limit
Crappie: 15 fish daily limit; no length limit
925 acres
LAKE SIZE
50 feet
MAX DEPTH
715 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
10hp
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Smallmouth Bass
Saugeye
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Evergreen Lake.
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FISHING OUTLOOK
CRAPPIE
Average AVERAGE
The crappie fishery was once dominated by white crappie, but since 2006 the black crappie population has been more prevalent in fish surveys and anglers’ creels. The black crappie population has responded well to the 15 per day harvest regulation. During the most recent electrofishing survey, approximately 14% of the white crappie collected were larger than 10 inches. The catch rate for black crappie exceeded the management objective, and approximately 38% of the black crappie collected were larger than 10 inches. Site Regulation: 15 fish daily limit; no length limit.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Good GOOD
The most recent bass survey met the management objective. Of the bass collected over 8 inches, 66% of the bass collected were larger than 12 inches and 28% were longer than 15 inches. Producing young bass has been a problem in Evergreen Lake for many years. A vegetation project was initiated to produce cover for small game fish in Evergreen Lake, with the goal of increasing natural recruitment. Starting in 2005, vegetation was planted in Evergreen Lake to increase habitat available to small bass. In the fall of 2007, bass spawning structures were placed in the lake to help bass find better nesting sites. The bass fishery is steadily improving. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 15" length limit.
MUSKELLUNGE
Excellent EXCELLENT
Evergreen Lake was first stocked with muskie in 1990. During the most recent spring netting survey, approximately 56% of the muskie collected were larger than 38 inches and 17% were larger than 42 inches. Muskie were collected over the current state record during spring netting surveys in 2006, 2007, and 2010. Evergreen has an excellent muskie fishery. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 48" length limit.
SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)
Excellent EXCELLENT
Home of the current State Record Saugeye, which was caught in 2001. The saugeye is a hybrid made by crossing female walleye with male sauger. The saugeye appear to have adapted quite well to Evergreen Lake Stocking of this hybrid started in 1992 and the lake has been stocked every year since. The most recent night electrofishing survey resulted in a large reduction from the previous survey. Evergreen has an excellent saugeye fishery. During the most recent spring netting survey, of the saugeye collected over 10 inches, 91% were longer than 15 inches and 20% were over 20 inches. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 18" length limit.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Evergreen Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
The IDNR currently stocks saugeye and muskie. A community-wide fish survey is completed approximately every two years, while muskie, saugeye, and largemouth bass surveys are currently conducted on an annual basis.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation
309-434-6770
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus
217-784-4730
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