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North Spring Lake

Tazewell County - Illinois
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North Spring Lake is a 578 acre body of water located 6 miles north and west of Manito, Illinois, adjacent to the Illinois River.
Always a shallow body of water, Spring Lake has an average depth of 2.9 feet. Of the 578 acres of water, at least 75% is covered with 17 different species of aquatic vegetation by late May of each year. The majority of this coverage now consists of Eurasian milfoil, lily and lotus. The tremendous spring recharge from the bed of the lake amounts to 52 acre feet a day, creating very cold water temperatures under the insulating layer of vegetation for the majority of the summer months. This is a unique situation and only occurs in Spring Lake within the State of Illinois.
Tournaments: All bass tournaments must register online using the new Tournament Permit System at least 30 days before the event.

New Site Regulation Effective April 2018:
Largemouth bass: protected slot length from 12 to 18 inches, with the harvest of 3 fish either over or under this protected slot.

Crappie: harvest limit of 25 fish per day with only 10 fish over 10 inches allowed.

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Frequently Asked Questions About North Spring Lake, IL

How big is North Spring Lake?
North Spring Lake is approximately 466 sq acres (1.9 sq km) in size.

What kind of fish can you catch in North Spring Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie and White Crappie in North Spring Lake.

What are the closest cities to North Spring Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Banner, IL, Manito, IL and Goofy Ridge, IL.

Are there places to stay in the North Spring 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! North Spring 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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What are the best fishing times for North Spring Lake?
Today for North Spring Lake, fishing looks to be very active with peak fishing times around 1-2 pm and 4-6 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our North Spring Lake Fishing Forecasts section. Lake-Link Pro users can acess fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and dial into species specific data.

Are there topographical lake maps available North Spring 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 North Spring 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 North Spring 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 North Spring Lake?
What does the future look like for North Spring Lake? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in North Spring Lake.

History & Status of the Fishery
North spring Lake was rehabilitated in the 1980s to remove an undesirable carp-gizzard shad fish population. As a result of the rehabilitation, an excellent fish population resulted. Water clarity improved and aquatic weeds flourished. Good fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, sunfish and catfish soon resulted. As part of an effort to develop a brood source for muskie, Spring Lake has been stocked with that species for 25 years. Muskie are trap netted at the lake and spawned at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery in March of each year. A total of over half a million eggs are produced for state-wide muskie needs each year. The muskie population is being continuously monitored using electronic tags. This marking program has been ongoing since 1999. Because of its shallow water and clarity, North Spring Lake has a tremendous coverage of aquatic vegetation. As part of an effort to reduce coverage of Eurasian milfoil (an exotic invasive plant), North Spring Lake is treated with DMA4-2, 4D each year.

Controling Authority
Spring Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Blake Bushman

What is the average air temp for North Spring Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at North Spring 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 65°F (18°C) to a low around 44°F (7°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 North Spring Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 4 state parks in the vacinity of North Spring 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 North Spring Lake...
South Spring Lake 1.0 mi 660
Shovel Lake-Banner Marsh 3.3 mi 78
Rice Lake 3.7 mi 1,383
Johnson Lake - Banner Marsh 4.7 mi 600 64 ft
Wheel Lake - Banner Marsh 5.5 mi 45 60 ft
CANTON LAKE 9.0 mi 220 35 ft
Powerton Lake 9.7 mi 1,426 18 ft
Fulton Co. Camping & Recreation Area 10.5 mi 134 20 ft
Fitch Lake 12.4 mi 64 37 ft
Bond Lake 12.6 mi 64 37 ft
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