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KINKAID LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 2750

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Wilson Schneider Bay Marina Fish and Wildlife Johnson Creek Thompson Neck


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
    Fish & Wildlife Area, Johnson Creek, Marina, Thompson Neck,
    Wilson Schneider Bay


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

0.1 lbs

5

The bluegill population structure is poor. During the 2015 spring electrofishing survey no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

1.4 lbs

17

Kinkaid Lake has an excellent and underutilized Channel Catfish population.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

N/A

N/A

Kinkaid Lake is known for producing large crappie. Crappie over 2 pounds are caught each year and at least two 4-pound crappie have been caught in the last 4 years. Blacknose crappie were first stocked in 2010. Legal-sized blacknose crappie were caught in 2013. 84% of the crappie collected during the spring 2015 survey were over the minimum nine-inch length limit. Site Regulation: 25 fish limit, 9" minimum length limit.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Fair

1.3 lbs

15

Surveys indicate that a small number of flathead catfish are present.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

1.2 lbs

13

During the 2015 spring survey, of the laregemouths collected 13% were over the minimum 16 inch size limit and 6% were over 18 inches. During the larger permitted tournaments, legal-sized LMB (> 16 inches) were caught at a rate of 0.12 fish/hr. The historical average for these tournaments is 0.07 fish/hr. Site Regulation: 3 fish limit, 16" minimum length limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

4.9 lbs

30

Kinkaid Lake is one of the premier muskie lakes in Illinois. Muskies are stocked annually and many are caught each year in excess of 40 inches. During the 2015 spring survey, 148 muskie were collected up to 44.1 inches in length. This represented the highest survey catch rate on record. Anglers are encouraged to NOT fish for muskie in the warmer summer months as angling mortality is believed to be very high, especially for larger-sized fish. Please report tagged muskie to IDNR. Anglers reporting a tagged muskie will receive information on the history of that fish. If the tag number is covered with algae, simply scrap the algae away with your fingernail or a knife. Please provide tag number (5 digits), length of muskie and catch date. Please do not remove the tag. Site Regulation: 1 fish limit, 48" minimum length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

0.3 lbs

7

The redear population is average. Of the redear collected in the 2015 spring electrofishing survey, 5% were over eight-inches in length.

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Developing

0.3 lbs

8

IDNR first stocked smallmouths into Kinkaid Lake in 2005. The first documented legal-sized fish (>16”) was observed in 2010. During 2012, numerous legal-sized smallmouth were caught, with the largest reported fish measuring 18 inches. IDNR is not aware of any smallmouth caught during 2015. An additional 500 fish (3.9 inches average length) were stocked in September of 2015. Smallmouth will only be stocked one more year and then the stocking program will be re-evaluated.Site Regulation: 3 fish limit, 16" minimum length limit.

WALLEYE

Good

1 lbs

14

IDNR annually stocks walleye into Kinkaid Lake, and fish up to 11 pounds have been collected in netting surveys. Walleye numbers are not high, but trophy-sized fish can be caught. The best areas are in front of the dam and spillway during spring high water events. During 2015 trap netting, we only collected a single walleye (26 inches). Site Regulation: 6 fish limit, 14" minimum length limit.

Location: Kinkaid Lake is located in Jackson County three miles northwest of Murphysboro off of State Route 149.

Description: There are 3 public boat launching facilities around the Lake. Kinkaid Lake is 2750 acres in size, has a shoreline length of 82 miles and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The NW portion of the Lake consists of a 3-mile no-wake zone.

Additional Lake Information: Kinkaid Lake receives a tremendous amount of recreational boat traffic during the hot summer months especially on the weekends and holidays. To avoid the crowd, anglers may consider fishing early in the morning and/or during the week. The upper NW portion of Kinkaid Lake is referred to as the Johnson Creek Area. About 3 miles of this area is a no wake zone that gets very turbid for multiple days after heavy rain events. Threadfin shad are stocked into this lake when available as a supplemental forage base. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig.

Tagged Fish: Please report tagged muskie to the Department of Natural Resources at 618-687-4546. Please provide tag number, length of muskie, and catch date.

Fishing Tournaments: Any fishing tournament with 50 or more anglers or 25 or more boats must obtain a permit from the Kinkaid-Reed- Creek Conservancy District (618-687-1722). No tournaments requiring permits are allowed during June-July-August.

Maps of 50 permanent Kinkaid Lake fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@Illinois.gov.

Contact Information:
Kinkaid Lake Fish and Wildlife Area
618-684-2867
IDNR Fish Biologist, Shawn Hirst:
618-687-4546

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-024456Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-085659Paul Ice boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
April-085729Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
125Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Yes
April-094528Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-095741Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Crappie
No
April-096165Paul Ice boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
April-155121Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
April-155992Paul Ice boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-156790Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
No
April-235064Paul Ice boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
April-29April-304422Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
40Muskellunge
Yes
April-294958Paul Ice boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
April-295357Paul Ice boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
April-305708Paul Ice boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
No
May-064458Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-066003Paul Ice boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
May-074468Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
55Largemouth Bass
Yes
May-075510Paul Ice boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
May-135624Paul Ice boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
No
May-136244Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No
May-206413Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-214748Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
No
May-214921Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
May-254903Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-045709Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
No
June-104460Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Yes
June-115159Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
June-115732Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
June-174808Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
June-176216Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
No
June-226366Paul Ice boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
No
June-246791Paul Ice boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
No
June-254985Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
July-094461Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Yes
July-095463Paul Ice boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
July-15July-165660Paul Ice boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
No
July-22July-235288Paul Ice boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-054462Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Yes
August-136069Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
August-206166Paul Ice boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-276404Johnson Creek boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
September-024463Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Yes
September-165710Paul Ice boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
No
September-23September-244399Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
September-30October-014400Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
September-304869Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-016167Paul Ice boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
October-074464Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
100Largemouth Bass
Yes
October-145654Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
October-146241Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
October-155727Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-21October-224431Mt Joy/Main Ramp boat
hook
40Muskellunge
Yes