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CITIZENS LAKE


Lake Information

County: Warren

Acreage: 26

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Good

0.4 lbs

10

In 2016, the black crappie population was sampledin the fall electrofishing survey. The fish ranged in size from 4.7 to 12.2 inches in length and the body condition was average. No harvest or length limit is necessary at this time for the crappie population.

BLUEGILL

Average

0.1 lbs

4

The bluegill population was sampled in the 2016 fall electrofishing survey. The current bluegill population is rated as average with the larger fish up to 7.0 inches in length. This population is of high density and in very good body condition. Fishing Regulation: 10 fish daily limit.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

0.9 lbs

15

The channel catfish population was sampled in the fall electrofishing survey. The current channel catfish population is rated as good with the larger fish up to 22 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in good body condition. Jake Wolf hatchery stocked 880 fish at 8 inches in 2016. An annual stocking of non-vulnerable channel catfish is scheduled for the future.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Improving

1.2 lbs

13

The largemouth bass population was evaluated by electrofishing and appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 5 to 16 inches in length with good average relative weights. The bass population appears to be rebounding from the complete winter fish kill in 2013/2014. A very large year class was produced in the spring of 2014, and this group has reached the 14 to 16 inch size range. The current bass regulation will remain in place for 2017. Fishing Regulation: Protected slot length limit with 1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 5 fish less than 12 inches daily.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

0.1 lbs

6

The redear sunfish population was sampled in the 2016 fall electrofishing survey. The current redear population is rated as good with the larger fish up to 8.7 inches in length. This population is of moderate density and in good body condition. Fishing Regulation: 10 fish daily limit.

Location: Citizen’s Lake is located in Warren County at the west edge of Monmouth along U.S. Route 34.

Description: This small watershed impoundment of 26 acres is owned by the City of Monmouth and managed for fishing by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The lake has a south basin of 17.7 acres with a maximum depth of 33 feet and a north basin of 8.3 acres with maximum depth of 13 feet. The two basins are connected by a short channel that is spanned by a historic 1895 bridge. In 2016, the bridge was dedicated to Ken Russell the longtime IDNR District Fisheries biologist who helped relocate the bridge to Citizen’s Lake. Most of the 1.4 miles of shoreline is accessible to bank fishing. Boat ramps are available on both basins and a small trailer campground is situated near the north lake basin.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The lake and its sport fishery are evaluated annually by a fall electrofishing survey. This survey directs the fish stockings, fishing regulations and aquatic vegetation treatments. Since 1994, the water level at Citizen’s Lake has been drawn down 5.5 feet in early September as a major fish management practice. The annual fall drawndown increases the predation of small fish, which favors an increased rate of growth in both the predator and prey species.

Additional Lake Information: All fish - 2 pole and line fishing only.

Recreational Use Restrictions:
- The use of gasoline motors to propel watercraft is not permitted, electric motors only.
- Swimming is not permitted.

Contact Information:
City of Monmouth Clerk’s Office:
309-734-2141
IDNR Fisheries County Fish Biologist:
309-446-9143