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HORSESHOE LAKE - ALEXANDER


Lake Information

County: Alexander

Acreage: 1890

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 50hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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

Very Good

0.1 lbs

6

The bluegill population appears to have benefited from the 2011 flood. Of the bluegill collected during the 2012 spring survey, 29% were over 7 inches and 14% were over 8 inches.

CRAPPIE

Poor

N/A

N/A

Very few crappie are collected during surveys at Horseshoe Lake.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Poor

0.8 lbs

12

During the 2012 spring electrofishing sample, largemouth bass were collected at a rate of 2 fish per hour. Of the 3 bass collected the largest was 20 inches and weighed 4.5 pounds. LMB fishing for 2014 should continue to be poor.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Poor

0.3 lbs

7

Only 2 redear sunfish were collected during the 2012 survey. The largest was 8 inches in length.

Location: Horseshoe Lake is located in Alexander County at the Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area just south of Olive Branch, IL.

Description: Horseshoe Lake is 1890 acres in size with a maximum depth of 5-6 feet. There are numerous boat launching sites around the Lake as well as campgrounds. The Lake resembles a southern swamp with bald cypress and tupelo gum trees growing throughout.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Biennial surveys on the lake are conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The next survey is planned for spring of 2014. The extensive woody vegetation and shallow nature of Horseshoe Lake make it very difficult to sample.

Additional Lake Information: There is a 10hp motor limit on Horseshoe Lake. Only trolling motors are allowed in the refuge from October 15 through March 1.

Contact Information:
Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
618-776-5689
Shawn Hirst, IDNR County Fisheries Biologist: 618-687-4546