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SARA, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Effingham

Acreage: 614

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

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

BLUEGILL

Fair

0.1 lbs

5

The size structure of the bluegill population remains fair at best, with most of the population comprised of fish less than 7” in length. Body condition has declined and growth rates remain below average. Anglers can expect to catch an abundance of fish 5” – 7” in length.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

4.4 lbs

24

Catfish in Lake Sara should provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. The channel catfish population is mostly comprised of older and larger fish. Natural recruitment is low keeping total numbers down, but growth rates and condition are good. The majority of fish in the population will range from 2 – 8 lbs. with larger individuals to 12 lbs.

CRAPPIE

Very Good

N/A

N/A

Both black and white crappie are present in Lake Sara, and the size structure of both populations improved significantly in the past year. Data collected from the annual population survey indicate 25% of the black crappie and 62% of the white crappie are greater than 10” in length. Body condition is good for white crappie and fair for black crappie. This lake should provide some excellent crappie fishing in the coming year. Site Regulation: 25 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

1.1 lbs

13

The size structure of the bass population has changed very little over the last year, and the long-term trend shows a very stable population. The collection rate fell significantly to the lowest level in three years, but this decline was likely due in part to poor sampling conditions. The overall size structure of the bass population remains relatively small, yet balanced and amazingly stable. Body condition rose to just above the target and growth rates are average. Although it improved slightly in the last year, the percentage of bass > 14” has changed very little over the last 4 years and remains well below optimal. The bass fishing should remain unchanged in 2016 with most keeper fish ranging from 1.4 – 5 lbs with a few larger fish up to 24”. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum.

WHITE BASS

Good

0.3 lbs

9

White bass numbers improved in the 2015 survey. Three year classes were collected and their body condition was excellent. Angling opportunities for white bass should be good in 2016.

Location: Lake Sara is located in Effingham County approximately 5 miles southwest of Effingham, Illinois.

Description: Lake Sara has a surface area of 614 acres, a maximum depth of 47 feet, and a mean depth of 19 feet. The lake has 38 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 7,560 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in Lake Sara is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, white and black crappies, white bass, and channel catfish. Other common species include common carp and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Boat permits are required and can be purchased at either of Lake Sara's two Marinas, the Mach 1 gas station on Rt. 33 west or Lake Sara Marina in Effingham.

Contact Information:
Lake Sara Water Authority
217-868-2787
Mike Hooe, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist:
618-393-6732

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-024820Anthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
April-225936Marina Ramp boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-276571Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-046572Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-064531Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
May-116573Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-125720Anthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
20Crappie
No
May-134493Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-186574Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-204533Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
May-214495Marina Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
May-256575Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-274534Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
June-016576Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-034535Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
June-03June-044821Anthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
June-086577Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-104536Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
June-104910Marina Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
June-156578Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-174537Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
June-226579Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-244538Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
June-296580Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-014539Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
July-066581Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-084540Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
July-136582Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-154542Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
July-206583Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-22July-235979Marina Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
July-276584Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-294543Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
August-036585Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-054544Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
August-106586Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-124545Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
August-176587Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-194546Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
August-246588Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-264547Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
August-266589Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-024548Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
September-094549Marina Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
September-30October-014868Marina Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
October-07October-085030Anthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-14October-154822Anthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
No
October-215682Anthony Acres Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No