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SAM PARR LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jasper

Acreage: 149

Average Depth: 10.04 feet

Shoreline Length: 9.6 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

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

Poor

0.2 lbs

7

Size structure of the bluegill population remains poor and well below the target range. Body condition remains good, but the fishery is still comprised almost entirely of fish under 7” in length. The precipitous decline in the quality of the bluegill population coincided with the 2005 appearance of gizzard shad. Anglers can expect most fish to range from 5” – 6.5” and weigh from 0.1 – 0.25 lbs.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

2.5 lbs

20

Catfish remain abundant in Sam Parr and should provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Body condition is good and most fish will range from 1 – 5.5 pounds with larger fish up to 10 pounds common. This lake provides excellent bank fishing opportunities. The best places to fish include the rip-rap along the dam, the upper ends of the two main arms of the lake, and in the backs of coves. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.

CRAPPIE

Good

N/A

N/A

Sam Parr Lake contains good numbers of both white and black crappie, but the size structure of the populations are very different. The black crappie population is dominated by strong age 2 and age 3 year classes with very few fish greater than 10". Size structure of the white crappie population is much better and very similar to last year. Data from the most recent population survey indicate 19% of the white crappie population exceeds 10” in length with a few exceeding 15” in length. A large year class of 8” fish should continue to grow and also contribute to the harvest in the coming year. Between these two species, crappie fishing should continue to be good in 2016.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

0.4 lbs

10

The size structure of the bass population remains in very good shape. The catch rate improved for the first time in three years and larger fish remain abundant, continuing to provide some great fishing. Currently 50% of the bass are greater than 14” in length and 21% are over 18” in length. The condition of all sizes of bass is excellent. In 2016 anglers can expect to catch lots of fish 14” – 20” in length ranging from 1.5 – 6.5 lbs with a few larger fish up to 7 pounds. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit, 14" minimum length limit.

Location: Sam Parr Lake is located in Jasper County, approximately 3 miles northeast of Newton Illinois on IL Rt 33.

Description: Sam Parr Lake was constructed in Sam Parr State Park near Newton in 1971 through the cooperative efforts of the Illinois Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Federal funds for construction of the lake were provided through the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act. Sam Parr Lake has a surface area of 180 acres, a maximum depth of 28 feet, and a mean depth of 10 feet. The lake has 9.5 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 3,950 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in Sam Parr Lake is comprised of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, and channel catfish. The lake also contains common carp and gizzard shad. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Boats with outboard motors are restricted to 10 horsepower maximum.

Contact Information:
Sam Parr State Park
618-783-2661
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-084480 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-095003 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-234302 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-266559 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-294988 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
May-074314 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
May-135800 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
May-214769 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
May-246563 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-255035 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
May-285634 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
June-116357 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
June-146565 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-155036 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-174766 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
June-245804 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
June-255004 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-056568 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-065037 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-164771 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
July-196570 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-205038 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-054772 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
August-064773 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
August-125721 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-136232 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-195949 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
August-204804 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
August-265095 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
August-275380 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-094719 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
September-105349 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
September-164774 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
September-174318 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-244867 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
No
September-306363 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
October-224805 Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No