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JACKSONVILLE, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Morgan

Acreage: 442

Average Depth: 12.47 feet

Shoreline Length: 18.6 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

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

Poor

0.1 lbs

4

The bluegill population is poor in Lake Jacksonville, which is common in a lake with a lot of structural habitat. Only 14% of the bluegill population measures 6-7”, while the remainder measures <6”.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

2.2 lbs

19

The channel catfish population is excellent both in quantity and quality. Channel cats are collected every year weighing 2-10 lbs in good numbers and are in excellent body condition. Anglers can catch channel catfish in the warmer months using bottom fishing techniques near deadfalls, woody debris, and shallow flats with cut bait, shrimp, chicken livers or night crawlers.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Excellent

0.5 lbs

10

Hybrid striped bass have been stocked on alternate years since 1988 and have done well. Fish collected in the fall 2012 survey ranged from 5-10 lbs. They are not targeted enough by anglers and can provide a great fishing opportunity for those looking to diversify their catch.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

1.2 lbs

13

Lake Jacksonville is known for its largemouth bass population. The bass tend to be in very good body condition. The population structure is excellent with 52% of the bass collected in the Fall 2012 survey measuring over 15", 19% over 18" and 4% over 20". The largest bass collected in the 2012 survey weighed 6.1 lbs and 14% of the bass collected weighed over 4 lbs. Anglers can catch largemouth bass on points, deadfalls, stickups, and along aquatic vegetation beds in the spring and fall with plastic worms, jigs, spinners, crank baits, minnows, crayfish and worms. The largest bass ever collected during an electrofishing survey weighed 6.8 lbs and measured over 22" long.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Fair

0.1 lbs

6

The redear sunfish population is similar to the bluegill population, but shows higher numbers of 7-8" fish.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Excellent

0.7 lbs

11

During the 2014 fall fish survey, the crappie population was composed mainly 8-11” fish with 45% of the population measuring over the 9” minimum length limit. No crappie less than 6” were collected in 2014. The lack of young crappie may be due to electrofishing bias caused by small crappie hiding in aquatic vegetation or the cyclic spawning nature of white crappie. Anglers can catch white crappie on stickups and submerged structures in the spring and fall using spinners, jigs and minnows. The largest white crappie ever collected during an electrofishing survey measured over 15” and weighed 1.8 lbs.

Location: Lake Jacksonville is located 3 miles south of Jacksonville and 30 miles west of Springfield just off of I-72.

Description: Lake Jacksonville has a maximum depth of 31 feet, an average depth of 12.5 feet, 18.5 miles of shoreline, and maintains abundant aquatic vegetation beds. The lake has a nice double ramp on the north shore.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The Division of Fisheries entered into a formal Cooperative Management Agreement with the City of Jacksonville in 1984 to manage the sport fishery. Due to the poor sportfishery, the lake was completely drained, rehabilitated and restocked in 1986. This project produced one of the best largemouth bass populations in the state.

A total of 19 fish species have been collected in Lake Jacksonville since its rehabilitation in 1986. While their numbers and potential for successful angling are low, anglers may catch black crappie, green sunfish, black or yellow bullhead, common carp, or yellow bass.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Site Superintendent
217-479-4644
IDNR County Fisheries Biologist, Nerissa McClelland
309-543-3316, ext. 224

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-296234Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-305528Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
No
May-066297Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
15Crappie
No
May-075606Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
May-135021Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
May-216182Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-045943Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
June-116817Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-255573Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-094612Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
July-195667Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-235547Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-305524Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
August-065482Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-194704Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-165666Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-245063Lake Jacksonville Ramp (off Rt 31) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No