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Lake Carlton

Whiteside County, IL
Whiteside County, IL
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Lake Carlton is located in Morrison-Rockwood State Park, north of Morrison in Whiteside County.
Lake Carlton provides one of the best fishing spots in Illinois. Its average depth is 12 feet, with a maximum depth of 27 feet. It has a shoreline of 2.9 miles with plenty of room for shore fishermen. Initial stocking of the lake was completed in 1970 and the lake is managed to maintain a plentiful fishing variety. Anglers may catch largemouth bass, black crappie, rock bass, channel catfish, redear sunfish, bluegill, muskie and walleye. In addition to shoreline fishing, nine piers are designated for anglers.
Two pole and line fishing only. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig.
70 acres
LAKE SIZE
27 feet
MAX DEPTH
11 feet
AVG DEPTH
2.8 miles
SHORELINE
659 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
10hp
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Redear Sunfish
Walleye
Saugeye
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Lake Carlton.
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FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Good GOOD
Bluegill population contains numerous fish up to 7.0 inches with the potential to catch fish up to 8 inches. Fisherman will have to wade through smaller fish to find the larger ones.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Good GOOD
The Largemouth bass population is dominated by 12- 14 inch fish. These fish have good weights and are in good overall health. Trophy potential is low, but good catch rates can be expected at Lake Carlton.
MUSKELLUNGE
Good GOOD
– Muskie were stocked in Lake Carlton to provide a trophy predator species. Muskie are stocked at a rate of 1 fish per acre every other year. The largest fish sampled in 2019 was a 43 inch Female. Muskie ranging from 30-38 inches are the dominate size group.
SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)
Excellent EXCELLENT
Saugeye fishing will continue to be good, but fishing for them takes some dedication. Saugeye were sampled in the spring at a rate of 118 fish/hr. Good numbers of fish 14-20 inches long are available.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Lake Carlton
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
Lake Carlton is a watershed impoundment constructed in 1969 by building a 38-foot high, 1,800-foot long earthen dam across a stream. The lake was named in memory of L. Carlton Anderson, a local citizen who actively promoted the park and was an important civic and conservation leader.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Morrison Rockwood State Park
18750 Lake Road
815-772-4708
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels
630-360-4185
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