Boat Fishing? Unrestricted
Boat Ramps? Yes
Boat Rental? Yes
There are no zebra mussels in this lake.
Lake Status Summary ( Full PDF Report )
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.
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.
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.
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 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 217-868-2787Mike Hooe, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist: 618-393-6732
|2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments|
|Start Date||End Date |
(if different from start)
|April-01||April-02||4820||Anthony Acres Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-22||5936||Marina Ramp||boathook||35||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|April-27||6571||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|May-04||6572||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|May-06||4531||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-11||6573||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|May-12||5720||Anthony Acres Ramp||boathook||20||Crappie||No|
|May-13||4493||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|May-18||6574||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|May-20||4533||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-21||4495||Marina Ramp||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-25||6575||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|May-27||4534||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|June-01||6576||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|June-03||4535||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|June-03||June-04||4821||Anthony Acres Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|June-08||6577||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|June-10||4536||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|June-10||4910||Marina Ramp||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|June-15||6578||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|June-17||4537||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|June-22||6579||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|June-24||4538||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|June-29||6580||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|July-01||4539||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|July-06||6581||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|July-08||4540||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|July-13||6582||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|July-15||4542||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|July-20||6583||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|July-22||July-23||5979||Marina Ramp||boathook||20||Largemouth Bass||No|
|July-27||6584||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|July-29||4543||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|August-03||6585||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|August-05||4544||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|August-10||6586||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|August-12||4545||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|August-17||6587||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|August-19||4546||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|August-24||6588||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|August-26||4547||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|August-26||6589||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|September-02||4548||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|September-09||4549||Marina Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|September-30||October-01||4868||Marina Ramp||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-07||October-08||5030||Anthony Acres Ramp||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-14||October-15||4822||Anthony Acres Ramp||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-21||5682||Anthony Acres Ramp||boathook||20||Largemouth Bass|