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Borah Lake

Richland County, IL
Richland County, IL
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Borah Lake is located in Richland County, approximately 1 mile north of Olney, Illinois.
Borah Lake was constructed by the City of Olney in 1954 to serve as a water supply reservoir. Borah Lake has a surface area of 137 acres, a maximum depth of 26 feet, and a mean depth of 11 feet. The lake has 15 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 2,155 acres.
Two pole and line fishing only. City boat stickers and tournament permits are required. Annual boat stickers are available at Olney City Hall and local bait shops. Tournament permits are available at Olney City Hall.

Site regulations:
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
125 acres
LAKE SIZE
26 feet
MAX DEPTH
11 feet
AVG DEPTH
15.0 miles
SHORELINE
469 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
Unrestricted
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Borah Lake.
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Good GOOD
Bluegill growth rates remain good. Electrofishing catch rates increased, and body condition of all sizes of fish improved from last year. There are also some very large redear in the lake ranging from 8” – 10” in length and weighing between 0.4 – 1.25 pounds. Overall, the sunfish population remains in good shape and should provide some quality fishing in the coming year.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Very Good VERY GOOD
The channel catfish population is in good shape. Their condition is very good. The size structure of the catfish population remains good and should provide some good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Fish in the 1 – 6 pound range should be common, with some nearing 10 pounds. Site regulation: 6 fish daily limit.
CRAPPIE
Good GOOD
Both black and white crappie are present in the lake and the size structure and condition for both of these species are fair. The electrofishing catch rates and body condition improved for both species. Most crappie are expected to be between 6” – 8”, with some fish exceeding 10” and weighing more than ½ of a pound. Crappie fishing should be fair to good in the coming year.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Good GOOD
The size structure of the largemouth bass population remains good. Average body condition improved slightly from last year’s sample, and all sizes classes of bass met or exceeded the lake management plan goals. Currently 18% of the adult bass population exceeds the 14” minimum length limit. Approximately 58% of the total bass population is comprised of fish from the 8” – 14” size group and their average body condition is good. Bass fishing should be fair to good in 2020, with most keeper fish ranging from 14” – 18” in length and weighing 1 – 3 pounds.
REDEAR SUNFISH
Very Good VERY GOOD
There are some very large redear in the lake ranging from 8” – 10” in length and weighing between 0.4 -1.25 pounds. Overall the sunfish population remains in very good shape and should provide some quality fishing in the coming year.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Borah Lake
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
The sport fish population in Borah Lake is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, and channel catfish. The lake is stocked annually with channel catfish. The lake also contains flathead catfish and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

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