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DEVILS KITCHEN LAKE


Lake Information

County: Williamson

Acreage: 810

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall


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

Good

0.1 lbs

6

As usual, bluegill were less abundant then bass during the 2015 Devils Kitchen Lake survey, but these fish demonstrated good quality with 45% over 6 inches, 39% over 7 inches, and 29% exceeding 8 inches in length.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

0.7 lbs

11

Devils Kitchen Lake has historically contained a bass population consisting of abundant small fish and a few giants, without much in between. However, the spring 2015 electrofishing survey documented a slight shift toward a more balanced population. Of the largemouth bass collected, 61% were larger than 12 inches, while 6% were larger than 15 inches. Although most bass are generally 9 to 13 inches in length, it is not unusual for bass in the 5 to 10-pound range to show up in spring electrofishing samples and/or tournament weigh-ins. The 2015 survey produced one bass over 24 inches in length and six that eclipsed the 21-inch mark. Anglers are encouraged to harvest small bass to boost the average size of fish in the population. Threadfin shad stockings are part of an ongoing plan for improving Devils Kitchen Lake bass growth rates, and annual spring stockings will be continued as long as these fish are available. Site regulation: no length limit, 6 per day creel limit.

RAINBOW TROUT

Very Good

0.5 lbs

10

Rainbow trout are stocked in Devils Kitchen Lake each fall to maintain the population, and there is no closed season. The Devils Kitchen trout fishery is very popular with the angling public. Possession of an inland trout stamp is required for harvesting rainbow trout.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

0.4 lbs

8

The Devils Kitchen redear population remained impressive in spring 2015. Redear abundance was lower than that of bluegill, but average size of these fish was much larger. Sixty-two percent of redear were larger than 7 inches, 49% exceeded 8 inches, 15% were over 9 inches, and a few fish even eclipsed the 10-inch mark.

YELLOW PERCH

Developing

0.2 lbs

8

Yellow perch were “officially” stocked in Devils Kitchen Lake in 2014 for the first time in the lake’s history, and another stocking was completed in 2015. A small population of perch (of unknown origin) already existed, and was popular, but few fish ever entered anglers’ creels. The goal of the yellow perch stocking program is to produce a viable, self-sustaining fishery, and additional fish will be stocked in 2016, if available and deemed appropriate by results of the spring 2016 fish population survey.

Location: Devils Kitchen Lake is a deep, clear, 810-acre impoundment located in the south portion of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge between Marion and Carbondale in Williamson County, Illinois.

Description: The Devils Kitchen Lake fishery is cooperatively managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The lake is mostly surrounded by forest and has three boat ramps. The southern half of Devils Kitchen contains abundant standing timber, and a portion of the lake's southeast end is reserved for electric motors and paddling only.

Additional Lake Information: A ten horsepower outboard motor limit is in effect. A user pass must be purchased prior to accessing Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge waters. The refuge visitor center can be reached by calling 618-997-3344.

Contact Information:
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge:
618-997-3344
IDNR District Biologist, Chris Bickers:
618-993-7094

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-01April-024296North Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Yes
April-236063Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13) boat
hook
5Largemouth Bass
No
May-076402North Ramp boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
July-225128West Ramp (Line 6) boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
No
August-26August-275166Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-105286Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13) boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No
October-154373Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
No
October-285722Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13) boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
No