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EAST FORK LAKE


Lake Information

County: Richland

Acreage: 846

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 25 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? 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

0.2 lbs

6

The bluegill population improved slightly for the second year in a row. The percentage of bluegill greater than 8” was the highest in more than two decades and body condition remained good. If this positive trend continues, it should eventually result in a significant improvement in the size structure of the population. Fishing in the coming year should be fair with most keepers 6” – 8” in length and 0.25 – 0.33 lbs.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

0.4 lbs

11

Catfish numbers remain low in East Fork Lake, but the average size of the fish is exceptional. Most fish will range from 3 – 10 pounds with larger fish up to 15 pounds common. Body condition of these fish is excellent. This lake provides some good bank fishing opportunities. Drift fishing the main lake is also very productive.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

0.4 lbs

9

The size structure of the bass population improved slightly for the second consecutive year. The catch per effort fell, but, the percentage of fish over 15” in length increased significantly. Data from the annual population survey show 31% of the population exceeds the 15” minimum length limit. The number of fish just below the 15" minimum length limit remains high and, if mortality rates can be reduced for bass > 15”, the large number of smaller bass (12” – 14”) should further improve the size structure of the fishery in the coming year. The body condition for all sizes of bass has also improved to well above the minimum standard. Bass fishing should be fair to good in 2016 with most keeper fish ranging from 15” – 18” in length and weighing between 1.6 – 3.5 pounds.

WALLEYE

Fair

0.7 lbs

13

The size structure and size of the walleye population remains stable. Four year classes were collected in this year’s survey, but the catch rate of just over 5 per hour remains below average. While the number of walleye has declined over the last 5 years, a significant percentage of the remaining population is comprised of older larger fish, with many in the 3 – 6 lbs. range.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Good

0.2 lbs

8

The white crappie population showed some improvement in the past year, but remains below optimal. The population is still dominated by a strong year class of 8” – 9.5” fish. There are also a large number of 6” – 8” fish that are growing rapidly and should contribute to the creel by late 2016. All sizes of fish were in good condition. The percentage of fish over 10” in length improved over the past year to 20%, up 9 percent from the previous year and, if growth rates remain good for the large year class of smaller fish the size structure of the population should improve further in the coming year. For the spring of 2016, most keeper fish will range from 9” – 10.5” in length and weigh from 0.5 – 0.7 lbs with a few larger fish up to 14”.

Location: East Fork Lake is located in Richland County, approximately 1 mile north of Olney Illinois.

Description: East Fork Lake was constructed by the City of Olney in 1971 to serve as a water supply reservoir. The lake has a surface area of 935 acres, a maximum depth of 40 feet, and a mean depth of 15 feet. The lake has 25 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 9,982 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in East Fork Lake is comprised primarily of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, white crappie, and channel catfish and is stocked annually with walleye. The lake also contains common carp and yellow bullheads. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. City boat stickers and tournament permits are required. Boat stickers are available at Olney City Hall and local bait shops. Tournament permits are available at Olney City Hall.

Contact Information:
Olney City Hall:
618-393-2130
Mike Hooe, IDNR 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?
March-296555East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-024722East Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
April-025099East Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
April-056556East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-084757East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
April-094491East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-096377East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-196558East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-224826East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-234835East Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-236295East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
April-304332East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
May-064670East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-074755East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
May-106561East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-134827East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-145225East Fork Lake boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
May-204671East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-214511East Fork Lake boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
June-076564East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-104828East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-084350East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-084837East Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
July-094354East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-094504East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-126569East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-154829East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-155945East Fork Lake boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
July-22July-234790East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
July-295093East Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
August-04August-054672East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-055094East Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
August-055627East Fork Lake boat
hook
13Largemouth Bass
No
August-064513East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-124830East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-134760East Fork Lake boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
No
August-194851East Fork Lake boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
September-024673East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
September-095028East Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
September-166354East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-175564East Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
September-234508East Fork Lake boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
September-244642East Fork Lake boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-07October-086085East Fork Lake boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
October-144674East Fork Lake boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
October-216479East Fork Lake boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No