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HORTON LAKE


Lake Information

County: Hancock

Acreage: 13

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric trolling

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary

Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Improving

0.5 lbs

10

A population of black crappie were encountered in the 2015 sample. About one third of those were from a 2015 year class, indicating some spawning success. The rest were from previous years, ranging from 7.5-9.5”. Angler reports of larger crappie were also received. Better crappie fishing is anticipated in 2016.

BLUEGILL

Improving

0.1 lbs

5

The bluegill population in 2015 was dominated by fish under 4”, most of which were from 2014 and 2015 stockings. Roughly 20 of the 67 bluegill sampled were 4.5-6.5” and represent some survival from the winter kill. Bluegill fishing is expected to improve in a couple of years, when the largemouth bass population expands.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Improving

1.8 lbs

18

The channel catfish population is maintained by annual stocking of 8-10” fish. None were encountered in our sample, but an angler reported good channel catfish catch in 2015. We expect catfish were affected by the winter kill and anticipate the population to improve with continued annual stocking. Creel limit 6 per day, no length limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Poor

0.5 lbs

10

Bass have not recovered from the winter kill and none were found in the 2015 electrofishing survey. Stocking of adult largemouth bass is planned for 2016 to rehabilitate the population and provide predator/prey balance with the sunfishes. We would like for anglers to release adult bass for a couple of years to allow the population to build.

RAINBOW TROUT

Very Good

N/A

N/A

Rainbow trout are stocked with our Catchable Trout Program in the Spring and Fall. Trout creel limit is 5 per day, except for spring and fall closed seasons when catch-and-release fly fishing is permitted.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Poor

N/A

N/A

Redear were stocked the past 2 years, but none were encountered in our electrofishing run.

Location: Located in Nauvoo State Park in western Illinois' Hancock County, on the south edge of Nauvoo along Illinois Route 96.

Description: Horton Lake was built in 1967 to provide fishing opportunity to patrons of Nauvoo State Park. The lake is 13 acres with a maximum depth of 26 feet, an average depth of 13 feet, and shoreline length of 3000 feet. A primitive boat ramp and bank fishing are available. The lake features clear water and a peaceful setting located on the edge of town. Camping, picnic areas, hiking trails and a museum are available. The lake is stocked in the spring and fall when the special “catch- and- release only fly fishing season” occurs 2 weeks on Saturday prior to the regular trout harvest seasons.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Initially stocked with black bullhead to provide a catchable fish population, Horton Lake was stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish following lake rehabilitation in 1971. Both black and white crappie showed up in 1972, apparently stocked by an angler. Today the sport fishery includes largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill and channel catfish. In addition, rainbow trout are stocked for the spring and fall trout seasons. There was a severe fish kill in the winter of 2013-2014 due to heavy ice and snow cover.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only for all species. Boats can be powered by electric trolling motors only.

Contact Information:
Park Staff:
217-453-2512
IDNR Fisheries County Biologist:
618-468-2851