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WELDON SPRINGS LAKE


Lake Information

County: DeWitt

Acreage: 29

Average Depth: 10.3 feet

Shoreline Length: 2.1 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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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

Very Good

0.2 lbs

8

The catch rate for black crappie collected during the fall survey has met the management objective the past 6 years. In the most recent survey, approximately 92% of the black crappie were over 8 inches and 6% were over 10 inches. There are a large number of crappie in the 8 to 10-inch range.

BLUEGILL

Very Good

0.1 lbs

5

The quality of the bluegill population has been consistent the past 5 years. There is a large number of 6 to 7 inch bluegill.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

0.5 lbs

12

Each year Weldon Springs is stocked with 8-inch channel catfish. Anglers should expect to catch catfish in the 16 to 25-inch range. With the stocking program, the catfish population should continue to provide great angling opportunities for channel catfish.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

0.8 lbs

12

This lake provides an excellent opportunity to catch a nice largemouth bass. The catch rate for the most recent electrofishing survey was above average compared to the past 4 surveys. Approximately 23% of the all the bass collected were longer than the 15 inch length limit. The largest bass collected weighed 4.9 pounds. Of the bass 8 inches and longer that were collected, 77% were longer than 12 inches and 29% longer than 15 inches, and 2% were longer than 20 inches.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

0.4 lbs

8

There are good numbers and sizes of redear sunfish. In the most recent fish survey, approximately 35% of the redear sunfish collected were larger than 7 inches.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Developing

0.9 lbs

14

Since 2010, Weldon Springs has been stocked with fingerling saugeye. The most recent spring netting survey resulted in saugeye ranging in size from 14 inches to 22 inches. The largest saugeye weighed 5.13 pounds. This fishery is developing nicely.

Location: Weldon Springs Lake is located 3 miles southeast of Clinton in DeWitt County.

Description: Weldon Springs is a fertile 29-acre lake built in 1936. The lake has a maximum depth of 38 feet and an average depth of 10.3 feet. There is one boat launch and motors are restricted to electric only. The concession at Weldon Springs operates as a full-service restaurant. Anglers will find bait, tackle, fishing boats and paddle boats available at the concession. The traditional Class A campground has 75 campsites with electricity, vehicular access, sanitary dumping station, shower building, cooking grills, picnic tables, pit toilets, playground equipment and water hydrants throughout the campground. Weldon Springs' campground is open year-round; the shower building closes in the fall and reopens in the spring. Areas for tent, backpack, large group and youth camping are also available. Primitive backpack campsites are located along Salt Creek.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fishery in Weldon Springs has been managed since 1938. The lake receives stockings of channel catfish and saugeye.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Weldon Springs State Recreation Area
217-935-2644
IDNR County Fisheries Biologist
217-784-4730