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JOHNSON LAKE-BANNER MARSH


Lake Information

County: Peoria

Acreage: 600

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 25hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


There are 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

BLUEGILL

Poor

0.1 lbs

4

The current bluegill condition is of a poor state with a poor growth rate. The competition with the gizzard shad and carp have maintained this growth slowdown.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

2.4 lbs

20

In the channel catfish population sample in 2014, the fish ranged in size from 17 to 25 inches and were in excellent body condition. A low density population is present and an annual stocking of 600 fish is scheduled.

CRAPPIE

Average

N/A

N/A

In 2014, 25 stock size black crappie and 8 white crappie were sampled. 40% of the black crappie and 88% of the white crappie were over 9 inches long. Both species had only average body condition and this has decreased over the last 5 years. Anglers should be able to concentrate on these legal-size fish with the flooded brush providing excellent habitat.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

1 lbs

13

The largemouth bass population was evaluated in 2014 and appears to be defined by a high percentage of fish from 6 to 20 inches in length with good average relative weights. The 2014 electrofishing survey indicated a size structure with 48% of the bass over 16 inches and 18% over 18 inches in length. The goal of the protected slot length limit was to create a high density bass population that is composed of fish large enough to be efficient predators upon the high density of slow growing panfish and the rough fish population. A consistent bass population level has been maintained since 2000.

MUSKELLUNGE

Very Good

5.4 lbs

31

A total of 42 muskie were sampled by the spring trapnet survey in 2014. These fish ranged from 28 to 43 inches long. The body condition of these fish was very good. In 2001, a total of 2,174 muskie at an average size of 11.4 inches were stocked; in 2002, 725 muskie at an average size of 10.9 inches were stocked; and in 2003, 1333 muskie at an average size of 10 inches were stocked into Johnson Lake. No muskie were stocked in 2004, but 600 of at least 10 inches long were annually stocked from 2005 through 2014.

WALLEYE

Good

2.5 lbs

19

The walleye population trapnet sampling in 2014 resulted in 5 total fish in 16 net nights of effort (.31 per net night). These fish ranged from 13 to 26 inches long. The body condition of these fish was very good. An annual stocking of 24,000 walleye at 2 inches is anticipated.

Location: Located in Central Illinois, the 5,524 acre Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area lies adjacent to the Illinois River, 4 miles north of Banner, Illinois, along Route 24.

Description: Banner Marsh SFWA was characterized by narrow strip pits and upland ponds, but in 1994, the hydrology changed due to the intentional cessation of pumping operations in the levee district. The water level rose approximately 7 feet (435 M.S.L.) due mainly to groundwater recharge by seepage under the existing 1-100 year flood-tight levee with the Illinois River. The total surface water acreage for the site increased from 530 acres to approximately 2400 acres and created a large vegetated littoral zone.

Johnson Lake is the largest lake in the Banner Marsh SFWA at over 600 surface acres. It is composed of a maze of final cut lakes interconnected by ditches to large shallow pond areas. The shallow areas (less than 6 feet) compose approximately 400 acres of flooded brush and diverse aquatic vegetation. The maximum water depth is 64.0 feet. Water clarity often exceeds 8 feet in the summer.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The former bottomland lake and marsh was leveed and drained for agricultural practice from 1910 through 1958. From 1958 to1974 approximately 90 percent of the site was strip-mined for coal. The strip-mined areas have since been reclaimed and purchased by the State of Illinois. Under the management of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (1978 - present) the primary objective for the site is to establish a freshwater marsh providing fish and wildlife habitat in the Illinois River Valley.

For fishing reports: Banner Marsh Ponds

For other lakes in the Banner Marsh SFWA:

Wheel Lake
Shovel Lake

Additional Lake Information: The main access area has a concrete boat ramp, 50 vehicle and trailer parking lot, restrooms and a handicap accessible fishing pier. The lake has a 25 h.p. motor limit. The site is open 24 hours a day, except for the Central Zone Duck Season, at which time only shoreline fishing is allowed after 1:00 p.m. Two-pole and line fishing only except carp can be taken by bow and arrow devices, gigs or spears during May through August.

Contact Information:
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area:
309-647-9184
IDNR Fisheries County Fish Biologist:
309-446-9143

2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Public?
April-156135Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
15Crappie
Yes
April-284975Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-014976Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-064832Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
May-215311Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-226501Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
June-044411Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
June-114924Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
June-174662Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
July-036504Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
July-224738Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-304625Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-054279Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
14Largemouth Bass
No
August-064629Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
17Largemouth Bass
No
August-134403Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-146507Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
August-204424Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-275841Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
5Largemouth Bass
No
September-105736Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
September-234630Banner Marsh Johnson Lake boat
hook
17Largemouth Bass
No