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Herrin Lake #1

Williamson County, IL
Williamson County, IL
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Herrin #1 Lake is located on the southwest edge of Herrin, Illinois in Williamson County.
Herrin #1 Lake is a 60-acre city-owned impoundment. The lake is partially surrounded by homes and a golf course and has an improved boat ramp. A fairly significant oxygen-related fish kill occurred in Herrin #1 Lake in September 2010, and the fish community has rebounded well.
Electric motors only. A city permit is required for accessing Herrin #1 Lake. Contact the city clerk at 618-942-3175 for more information.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass – 15 inch length limit and 3 per day creel limit
Channel catfish – 6 per day creel limit
60 acres
LAKE SIZE
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
10hp
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 Herrin Lake #1.
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Very Good VERY GOOD
Bluegill were collected from Herrin #1 Lake during the 2019 survey at a substantially lower rate compared to the previous year, but quality of these fish was similar. The bluegill electrofishing catch rate was 54 per hour, and 79% were over 6 inches (still greatly exceeding the management plan goal). Also, fifty-four percent were larger than 7 inches. Bluegill body condition stayed excellent.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Fair FAIR
Ten channel catfish were collected per hour of electrofishing during the 2019 survey, which was down from the previous year. These fish ranged from 18 to 24 inches in length, and their condition was excellent. The channel catfish population is normally maintained by stocking every other year, but an additional 1,000 non-vulnerable channel catfish were stocked in 2019 because of a hatchery surplus. Site Regulation: 6 per day creel limit.
CRAPPIE
Good GOOD
Crappie are generally very scarce, and both black and white crappie were collected at a rate of 6/hour in the 2019 sample. All crappie had substandard body condition
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Improving IMPROVING
Abundance of largemouth bass in Herrin #1 Lake, based on electrofishing catch-per-unit-effort in 2018 was lower in 2019 (more comparable to the rate in 2016). Largemouth bass were collected at a rate of 182 per hour. Of these, 38% were over 12 inches, which dipped just below the management plan goal, and 5% were larger than the lake’s 15 inch minimum length limit. Bass body condition was better than the previous 5 years in 2019 and was just above the management plan goal range. Site Regulation: 15" length limit and 3 per day creel limit.
REDEAR SUNFISH
Very Good VERY GOOD
Redear abundance was low in 2019 sampling of Herrin #1 Lake (12/hr), which is normal. However, 67% of redear were greater than 8 inches and body condition was excellent.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Herrin Lake #1
CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
City Clerk
618-942-3175
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Luke Nelson
618-985-1112
NOTICE: Lake-Link Inc assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions of the information for Herrin Lake #1. Although we strive to provide the most accurate information as we can the information contained in this page is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.
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