Average Depth: 16.01 feet
Shoreline Length: 52 miles
Boat Fishing? 25hp
Boat Ramps? Yes
Boat Rental? No
There are no zebra mussels in this lake.
Lake Status Summary ( Full PDF Report )
Black crappie numbers continue to improve but remain low. Growth rates and body condition are good. In spite of the relatively low numbers, some anglers successfully target crappie each spring and consistently catch limits. Best fishing is around tree tops in the warm arm in early spring. Site Regulation: 10 fish daily creel limit, 10" minimum length.
The bluegill population is in extremely poor condition. High summer temperatures (Newton Lake has very little thermal refuge) and a dense population of shad contribute to poor reproduction and slow growth. This lake is not recommended for bluegill.
Natural reproduction is tremendous in this cooling lake. More recently, the growth rate and size structure of the population has improved. Although still dominated by smaller fish, the population contains an adequate number of large fish to provide a good quality fishery. For 2016, the majority of the catch will be comprised of fish 1 - 3 lbs. with some larger fish up to 7 lbs. These fish are in excellent body condition, and because of their abundance, there is no daily creel or size limit. The warm temperatures in this cooling lake provide excellent fishing opportunities fall through spring. Bank fishing opportunities have been expanded to include the shoreline bordering all non-restricted areas of the lake. For boat anglers, drift fishing the flats in both the warm and cool arms of the lake can be productive year round. No regulation for limit or minimum length.
The size structure of the bass population in Newton Lake is almost identical to last year and remains excellent. The percentage of bass greater than 18" remained stable, and comprised 18% of the total population. The catch per effort was also stable at an incredible 167 bass per hour! Over the last few years this lake has improved from a very good bass fishery to one of the premier bass lakes in the Midwest. Recruitment continues to be good and, with their excellent body condition (Wr 98) and growth rates well above average. The fishery should remain stable for the near future. For 2016, Newton Lake should provide excellent angling opportunities. Anglers can expect to catch large numbers of fish from 12” – 20” in length ranging from 1 – 6 pounds. The majority of bass exceeding the 18” minimum will weigh between 3.5 – 7 pounds. Site Regulation: creel limit 3 fish daily, 18" minimum length.
The white bass population has successfully recruited each year since they were first discovered in 1994, and with few exceptions their numbers have remained relatively constant. The catch rate in 2015 decreased slightly, but remains near the historic average. Angling opportunities for this species continue to look good for the coming year. The population continues to exhibit excellent growth rates and body condition. Two large year classes of fish will contribute to the fishery in 2016. Most of these fish will range from 12” – 15” with larger fish up to 17” common. Fish the main lake points or troll the flats to locate fish and then cast to schools. Site Regulation: Unlimited creel limit except no more than 3 fish over 17".
Location: Newton Lake is located in Jasper County, approximately 6 miles southwest of Newton, Illinois and 18 miles southeast of Effingham, Illinois.
Description: Newton Lake is a cooling reservoir owned by Dynegy. It was constructed by Central Illinois Power Company in 1975, and was leased by the IDNR and opened for fishing in 1980. Newton Lake has a surface area of 1,750 acres, an average depth of 16 feet, and a maximum depth of 40 feet. The lake has 52 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 30,720 acres.
History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fishery in Newton Lake is best known for the trophy bass fishery. Other conventional sport fish include white bass, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill. The lake also contains large numbers of common carp and gizzard shad. The fish population is surveyed annually.
Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Newton Lake is closed to fishing during the 7 days of the regular shotgun deer season. The cold arm of the lake is closed daily to fishing during the regular duck and Canada goose seasons from one-half hour before sunrise until 1:00 pm.
Tournaments: Tournaments are prohibited in June, July, and August. For tournament permits and additional information, contact Newton Lake State Park 618/783-3478.
Contact Information: Newton Lake State Park 618-783-3478Mike Hooe, DNR County Fisheries Biologist: 618-393-6732
|2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments|
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|April-01||5002||Cold Water Side||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-01||5376||Hot Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-01||5920||Cold Water Side||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-02||4856||Hot Water Side||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-02||5921||Cold Water Side||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-08||4603||Hot Water Side||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|April-09||4659||Hot Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-09||5135||Hot Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-09||5842||Cold Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-14||4415||Hot Water Side||boathook||60||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|April-15||6751||Cold Water Side||boathook||30||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-16||5224||Cold Water Side||boathook||8||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-22||4344||Hot Water Side||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|April-22||5793||Cold Water Side||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass|
|April-23||4980||Hot Water Side||boathook||25||Largemouth Bass||No|
|April-29||5388||Hot Water Side||boathook||35||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|April-30||4619||Hot Water Side||boathook||35||Largemouth Bass|
|April-30||5843||Cold Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-06||4819||Hot Water Side||boathook||75||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-07||5754||Hot Water Side||boathook||20||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-13||4604||Hot Water Side||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-14||4784||Cold Water Side||boathook||30||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-20||5092||Cold Water Side||boathook||20||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|May-21||4251||Cold Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-21||4499||Hot Water Side||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|September-03||4506||Hot Water Side||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|September-10||5922||Cold Water Side||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|September-16||5096||Cold Water Side||boathook||20||Largemouth Bass||No|
|September-17||5640||Hot Water Side||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass|
|September-23||4778||Cold Water Side||boathook||30||Largemouth Bass||No|
|September-23||5058||Hot Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass|
|September-24||4509||Hot Water Side||boathook||8||Largemouth Bass||No|
|September-24||4779||Cold Water Side||boathook||30||Largemouth Bass||No|
|September-24||5059||Hot Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass|
|September-30||4605||Hot Water Side||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|October-01||4259||Cold Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-07||4785||Cold Water Side||boathook||30||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-08||4786||Cold Water Side||boathook||30||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-08||5229||Hot Water Side||boathook||8||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-14||4606||Hot Water Side||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|October-21||4607||Hot Water Side||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|October-21||October-22||5991||Cold Water Side||boathook||14||Largemouth Bass|
|October-22||4657||Hot Water Side||boathook||15||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-22||6480||Cold Water Side||boathook||20||Largemouth Bass||No|
|November-25||4608||Hot Water Side||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|December-09||4609||Hot Water Side||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|December-16||4610||Hot Water Side||boathook||50||Largemouth Bass||Yes|