DEVILS KITCHEN LAKE
Boat Fishing? 10hp
Boat Ramps? Yes
Boat Rental? No
Trout stocked in fall
There are no zebra mussels in this lake.
Lake Status Summary ( Full PDF Report )
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.
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 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.
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 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: 618-997-3344IDNR District Biologist, Chris Bickers:618-993-7094
|2017 Approved or Pending Tournaments|
|Start Date||End Date |
(if different from start)
|April-01||April-02||4296||North Ramp||boathook||40||Largemouth Bass||Yes|
|April-23||6063||Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13)||boathook||5||Largemouth Bass||No|
|May-07||6402||North Ramp||boathook||8||Largemouth Bass||No|
|July-22||5128||West Ramp (Line 6)||boathook||8||Largemouth Bass||No|
|August-26||August-27||5166||Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13)||boathook||20||Largemouth Bass|
|September-10||5286||Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13)||boathook||10||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-15||4373||Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13)||boathook||20||Largemouth Bass||No|
|October-28||5722||Tacoma Lake Lake Ramp (Line 13)||boathook||7||Largemouth Bass||No|