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FERNE CLYFFE LAKE


Lake Information

County: Johnson

Acreage: 16

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? NO BOATS allowed

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring


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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

0.1 lbs

5

Bluegill abundance was fair in spring 2015; 17% of the fish collected were larger than 8 inches. A few bluegill (7%) were also 8 inches or more in length. Bluegill body condition was slightly substandard.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

1 lbs

15

Generally few channel catfish are collected during the annual spring Ferne Clyffe Lake electrofishing survey due to clear, cool water conditions, and 2015 was no exception, as two, ranging in size from 21 to 24 inches, were included in the sample. Channel catfish are stocked annually to maintain the population. Site regulation: 6 per day creel limit.

CRAPPIE

Good

N/A

N/A

As with channel catfish, crappie are rarely represented in the annual electrofishing sample. In 2015, one black crappie was collected, and this fish was approximately 12 inches in length.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

1.7 lbs

15

Largemouth bass are the most abundant species of fish present in Ferne Clyffe Lake. In spring 2015, 13% of the collected fish were larger than 12 inches. Most Ferne Clyffe bass range from 8 to 14 inches in size, but it is not unusual for one or more trophy-sized bass to show up in the spring electrofishing sample. The spring 2015 survey produced one bass over 7.5 pounds, and fish up to the 10-pound mark have been collected. Body condition of bass larger than 2 pounds was excellent, but condition of smaller fish was poorer than the management plan goal. Site regulation: no length limit, 6 per day creel limit.

RAINBOW TROUT

Very Good

N/A

N/A

Rainbow trout are stocked in Ferne Clyffe Lake in spring and fall to coincide with seasons that begin the first Saturday of April and the third Saturday of October. The Ferne Clyffe trout fishery is very popular with the angling public. Possession of an inland trout stamp is required for harvesting rainbow trout. 5 per day creel limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Good

0.3 lbs

7

As usual, redear were less abundant than bluegill in 2015, but 88% of these fish were larger than 8 inches and 24% exceeded 10 inches in length. Redear body condition was also within the goal range.

Location: Ferne Clyffe Lake is a relatively clear, infertile, 16-acre, IDNR-owned impoundment located within Ferne Clyffe State Park approximately one mile south of Goreville, IL in Johnson County.

Description: The lake is mostly surrounded by forest and has a one-mile perimeter walking trail.

Additional Lake Information: No boats allowed.

Contact Information:
618-995-2411
IDNR District Biologist Chris Bickers: 618-993-7094