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MILL CREEK LAKE


Lake Information

County: Clark

Acreage: 731

Average Depth: 21.69 feet

Shoreline Length: 45 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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

BLUEGILL

Improving

0.2 lbs

6

Bluegill fishing is rated as fair-good. Recent surveys found some bluegill over 8 inches! Anglers are encouraged to voluntarily release these largest bluegill. Recent research has revealed that the presence of these larger males encourages smaller male bluegill to delay maturity. This improves growth and recruitment to larger sizes, improving angling quality. Bluegill differ visually from redear by a solid dark “gill flap” and a “barred” pattern on the body. Males have orange or copper-colored “throats”, while females have yellow “throats.”

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

0.9 lbs

14

Channel catfish are moderate in abundance. The average catch goes from 2 - 8 lbs. The CCPD maintains this fishery through purchasing and stocking of channel catfish. Fishing quality is rated as fair-good in 2016. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

N/A

N/A

Both white crappie and black crappie are abundant. Growth rates have been good. Anglers may catch crappie up to 18 inches and 3+ lbs! Fishing quality is rated as excellent for 2016! Note: Regulations allowing the harvest of only 2 crappie, 12-inches or longer are in effect to maintain the high quality of this fishery. Remember, culling is illegal outside of tournaments as culled fish are more likely to die after being retained on stringers or in containers and handled multiple times. Site Regulation: 25 daily creel limit, of which only 2 fish can be 12 inches or longer.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

0.4 lbs

9

Largemouth bass densities are high due to abundant vegetation for nursery habitat. Currently, high numbers of bass from 10-14” are present, while the number of larger fish is less than desirable. A largemouth bass virus resulted in a bass kill in 1999, from which the quality of this fishery has never fully recovered. Still, bass over 6 lbs. are caught on occasion. Fishing quality is rated as excellent for number available and fair for size structure in 2016. Note: New regulations were put in effect in April 2015. Harvesting the limit of bass less than 15 inches, especially from 11-13 inches, is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to reduce bass numbers and improve growth. Site Regulation: 4 fish creel limit of fish less than 15"; one fish 15" or longer.

MUSKELLUNGE

Good

5 lbs

30

Muskie catch rates by anglers have been fair-good with fishing pressure relatively light. Muskie in excess of 48 inches have been caught by anglers and in surveys. Fishing quality is rated fair-good for 2016. Note: Although often maligned due to their large size and teeth, muskie can be a benefit to the entire fishery on Mill Creek Lake. The number stocked is relatively low in an attempt to establish a trophy fisher (366 annually). A recent muskie diet study in Illinois lakes indicates that when gizzard shad are present, like Mill Creek Lake, muskies feed exclusively on shad. Bass are never a preferred or abundant food item. Muskie predation on large adult gizzard shad is highly desirable on Mill Creek Lake to thin this size group. White suckers are a valuable diet item to enhance the growth of large muskie. Additional research indicates that lakes stocked with muskie experience improvements in bass numbers and white crappie growth rate compared to lakes not stocked with muskie. Site Regulation: one fish creel limit, 42" minimum length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Excellent

0.1 lbs

5

Redear sunfish are present in good numbers from 8 to 10 inches long. Fishing during the spawning season (mid-May) is the best time to catch redear. Fishing quality is rated as good to excellent in 2016! Redear differ from bluegill visually by a red, orange, or yellow-colored crescent on edge of the “gill flap” and a “freckled” pattern on the cheek and body. Redear sunfish are highly dependent on vegetation to maintain a high-quality fishery.

Location: Mill Creek Lake is located approximately eight miles west of Marshall in Clark County.

Description: This lake has a surface area of 731 acres, with a maximum depth of 60 feet and an average depth of 22 feet. Public boat launching facilities are available, and the Clark County Park District (CCPD: 217-889-3901) collects a boating access fee.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fish population in Mill Creek Lake is surveyed every two years. Muskie and channel catfish populations have been maintained by stocking. Additional species of aquatic plants have been established throughout the lake to reduce shoreline erosion and stabilize habitat. Fish attractors have been constructed and placed by the CCPD for greater fishing success. Moderate fertility levels slightly reduce the overall production of fish in this lake.

Longear sunfish and green sunfish are present, but are seldom attain harvestable size. Yellow bullheads and black bullheads reach a respectable size (12”+) in Mill Creek Lake. Gizzard shad, golden shiners, and white suckers are present and serve as the primary forage base. Unfortunately, common carp were collected for the first time in 2015. Their introduction is from an unknown source and their effect on habitat is highly undesirable. Never move fish from Mill Creek Lake to other water bodies, or fish from other waterbodies to Mill Creek Lake — inappropriate species or diseases can be transferred, causing permanent and significantly negative consequences!

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Clark County Park District
20482 N. Park Entrance Rd., Marshall, IL
217-889-3901
Mike Mounce, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist:
217-345-2420

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-01April-025930Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-025644Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-086731Ramp boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No
April-095944Ramp boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
April-22April-235557Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
April-226386Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-295696Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-036387Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-066763Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
May-074723Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
May-075008Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
May-106388Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-135697Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-176389Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-206732Ramp boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No
May-246390Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-316391Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-036227Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
June-076392Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-105009Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
June-146393Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-175698Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-216394Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-254594Ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-255797Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-286395Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-094724Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
July-126455Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-196456Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-225699Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-235638Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
July-266457Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-296733Ramp boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No
August-026458Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-056258Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-066259Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
No
August-096459Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-166460Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-196487Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
August-236461Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-265700Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-306462Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-026396Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-095010Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
September-095701Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-166397Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-236398Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-245228Ramp boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
September-246352Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
September-305702Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-076399Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-085011Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
October-14October-154725Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-215703Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
November-045704Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes