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EVERGREEN LAKE


Lake Information

County: McLean

Acreage: 925

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

East West


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    East, West


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

CRAPPIE

Excellent

N/A

N/A

Evergreen Lake is a hotspot for crappie fishing. There has been an increase in crappie catch rates during surveys since 2000. The crappie fishery was once dominated by white crappie, but since 2006 the black crappie population has been more prevalent in fish surveys and anglers’ creels. The black crappie population has responded well to the 15-per day harvest regulation. During the most recent electrofishing survey, approximately 14% of the white crappie collected were larger than 10 inches. The catch rate for black crappie exceeded the management objective and approximately 38% of the black crappie collected were larger than 10 inches.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Average

1 lbs

13

The most recent bass survey met the management objective. 10% of the bass collected were larger than the 15 inch length limit, but 56% of the bass collected were larger than 12 inches. Producing young bass has been a problem in Evergreen Lake for many years. A vegetation project was initiated to produce cover for small game fish in Evergreen Lake, with the goal of increasing natural recruitment. Starting in 2005, vegetation was planted in Evergreen Lake to increase habitat available to small bass. In the fall of 2007, bass spawning structures were placed in the lake to help bass find better nesting sites. Evergreen Lake has a lot of bass, but the number of legal bass is below average. In an attempt to improve the bass fishery, the bass regulation will have the daily harvest limit reduced to 3 per day.

MUSKELLUNGE

Very Good

4.7 lbs

30

Evergreen Lake was first stocked with muskie in 1990. During the most recent spring netting survey, were collected at twice the average rate. The muskie ranged in size from 27 inches to 46 inches. Approximately 13% of the muskie collected were large than 38 inches and 3% were larger than 42 inches. The largest muskie weighed 34.12 pounds. Muskie exhibit ideal weights at all sizes in Evergreen Lake. Muskie were collected over the current state record during spring netting surveys in 2006, 2007, and 2010. Site regulation: one fish daily limit, 48" length limit.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Excellent

1.6 lbs

16

Home of the current State Record Saugeye, caught in 2001! The lake still holds fish capable of breaking the new record. The saugeye appear to have adapted quite well to Evergreen Lake. Stocking of this hybrid started in 1992 and the lake has been stocked every year since. The most recent night survey resulted in a catch rate that double the 5-year average with fish ranging in size from 8 inches to 26 inches. There is a high number of smaller saugeye in the lake. Of the saugeye collected over 10 inches, 72% were longer than 15 inches, 47% were over 20 inches, and 9% were over 25 inches. Site regulation: 3 fish daily creel limit, 18" length limit.

Location: Evergreen Lake is located approximately 15 miles North of Bloomington, Illinois and is easily accessible by taking I-39 North to the Lake Bloomington/Evergreen Lake Exit, then proceeding west on the Lake Bloomington Road (2500N).

Description: Evergreen Lake was built in 1970 to serve as a secondary water source for the City of Bloomington. The lake is owned by the City of Bloomington and is managed by the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation. Evergreen Lake is part of Comlara County Park. The lake is 925 acres and has an average depth of 19.7 feet and a maximum depth of 50 feet. There are 2 boat launches on the lake and one canoe launch. Comlara County Park offers 137 campsites, a swimming beach, and showers. The Friends of Everbloom is an organization that assists with habitat projects and improving the quality of Evergreen Lake. To learn more about their organization, visit their web page http://friendsofeverbloom.weebly.com.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR currently stocks saugeye and muskie. A community-wide fish survey is completed approximately every two years, while muskie, saugeye, and largemouth bass surveys are currently conducted on an annual basis.

Additional Lake Information: County watercraft registration is required. Two pole and line fishing only; no trot lines, jugs or bank poles. Sport anglers may take carp, carpsuckers, buffalo, gar, bowfin and suckers by pitchfork, gigs, bow and arrow or bow and arrow devices. Outboard motor size limit of 10 hp.

Contact Information:
McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation
309-434-6770
IDNR Fisheries
217-784-4730

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-154959Concession Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
April-306183Concession Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-025433Concession Ramp boat
hook
13Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
May-204961Concession Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
May-206137Concession Ramp boat
hook
25Crappie
Yes
May-305434Concession Ramp boat
hook
13Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-046184Concession Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
June-174963Concession Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
June-275435Concession Ramp boat
hook
13Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-026185Concession Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
July-0957151200 E. Rd. Ramp boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
No
July-185436Concession Ramp boat
hook
13Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-015437Concession Ramp boat
hook
13Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-054965Concession Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-155438Concession Ramp boat
hook
13Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
August-2656811200 E. Rd. Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-055439Concession Ramp boat
hook
13Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
No
September-094967Concession Ramp boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Yes
September-096138Concession Ramp boat
hook
25Crappie
Yes