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East Fork Lake

Richland County, IL
Richland County, IL
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East Fork Lake is located in Richland County, approximately 1 mile north of Olney Illinois.
East Fork Lake was constructed by the City of Olney in 1971 to serve as a water supply reservoir. The lake has a surface area of 935 acres, a maximum depth of 40 feet, and a mean depth of 15 feet. The lake has 25 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 9,982 acres.
Two pole and line fishing only. Annual boat stickers and City tournament permits are required. Boat stickers are available at Olney City Hall and local bait shops.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth Bass: 6 fish daily limit; 15" minimum length limit
Walleye: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie: 25 fish daily limit collectively
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish: 25 fish daily limit collectively
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily limit
846 acres
LAKE SIZE
40 feet
MAX DEPTH
15 feet
AVG DEPTH
25.0 miles
SHORELINE
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Unrestricted
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in East Fork Lake.
TOPO MAP FOR MEMBERS
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Fair FAIR
The bluegill population structure improved from last year. Average bluegill body condition improved above target. There was an increase in the number of bluegill greater than 7”, but few bluegill over 8” were collected. Angling for bluegill in the coming year should be fair with most keepers 6” – 8” in length and 0.2 – 0.33 lbs.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Good GOOD
Catfish numbers remain low in East Fork Lake, but the average size of the fish is exceptional. Most fish will range from 3 – 10 pounds with larger fish up to 15 pounds. Body condition of these fish is good. This lake provides some good bank fishing opportunities. Drift fishing the main lake is also very productive.
CRAPPIE
Good GOOD
The white crappie population structure remained good, but catch rates decreased. The body condition for all sizes of white crappie improved this year. The percentage of white crappie over 10” in length remained good. The black crappie population appeared to also be doing well. Body condition remained stable and above target. Black crappie catch rates remained high and the majority of the fish were between 8” and 10”, with some fish approaching 12”. If growth rates remain good, the size structure of the populations should improve further in the coming years. In 2020, most keeper fish will range from 8” – 11” in length and weigh from 0.25 – 0.8 pounds with a few larger fish over 12”.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Good GOOD
The size structure of the bass population remained fairly stable, but shifted slightly from last year. There was a decrease in the percentage of bass in the 12” – 15” size range, but the percentage of adult bass exceeding the 15” minimum improved from 27% to 33%. The catch rate rose for the fourth straight year and the body condition for all sizes of bass improved to above the minimum target. Fishing prospects for the coming year should be similar to last year, with most keeper bass ranging from 15” – 20” in length and weighing between 1.5 – 4 pounds.
WALLEYE
Good GOOD
The size structure and size of the walleye population remained good this year. Five year classes were collected in this year’s survey, and the catch rate was almost 13 per hour during the electrofishing survey and just over 4.5 fish per net-night in the net survey. With many fish in the 2 – 5 lb. range, this lake should provide quality fishing opportunities for walleye in the coming year.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: East Fork Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
The sport fish population in East Fork Lake is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, white crappie, and channel catfish and is stocked annually with walleye. The lake also contains common carp and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
East Fork Lake
Olney City Hall:
618-393-2130
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732
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