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FULTON CO. CAMPING & RECREATION AREA


Lake Information

County: FULTON

Acreage: 134

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

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

N/A

N/A

Lake #3, Lake #3.5 and Little Sister Lake have historically been a good bluegill lakes. In 2014, the bluegill body condition was very good in each of these lakes. These populations have a moderate density of quality bluegill up to 8 inches for anglers.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

N/A

N/A

Low density populations of quality-size fish are found in each lake. In 2014, the annual channel catfish stocking was 400 fish in Lake #4, 800 fish in Lake #3, 250 fish in Lake #3.5, and 1,600 fish in Little Sister Lake.

CRAPPIE

Good

N/A

N/A

Little Sister Lake and Lake #3 contain the best crappie populations. Annual samples collect fish from 3.9 to 11 inches. These crappie populations are maintaining a moderate density of average growing fish. Anglers should continue to harvest black crappie in 2015.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

N/A

N/A

The largemouth bass have a good distribution from 9 to 19 inches long in the main lakes. These former stripmine lakes have good bass reproduction and recruitment each year. The entire site has a protected slot length of 12 to 15 inches for largemouth bass. The harvest of bass under 12 inches is necessary to thin the bass population and promote faster growth, while maintaining the predation upon the panfish in the lake. The 2014 electrofishing survey showed Lake #3 with 43% of the bass over 16 inches, Lake #4 with 17% over 16 inches, Lake #3.5 with 6% over 16 inches and Little Sister Lake with 4% of the bass over 16 inches long.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Very Good

N/A

N/A

Little Sister Lake, Lake #3.5 and Lake #4 contain the best populations of redear sunfish. Annual samples collect fish up to 11 inches long and in excellent body condition.

Location: These small lakes are located in the Fulton County Camping and Recreation Area, 1.5 miles south of St. David, Illinois.

Description: The Fulton County Board leases the 440 acres of land, which contains 12 lakes and 134 acres of surface water from the metropolitan sanitary district of greater Chicago. The Illinois Department of Conservation signed a cooperative fisheries management agreement with Fulton County for the lakes in 1985 and then continued this agreement as IDNR in 1995 to the present.

The 4 major lakes at the site are described as follows:

Lake #3 has a surface area of 45.6 acres, maximum depth of 20 feet, with an average depth of 10.0 feet. The shoreline length is 6.3 miles with a watershed of 450 acres. The lake is a long, narrow final cut with an aquatic vegetation coverage of less than 10 percent of the surface. The major aquatic vegetation consists of coontail, curlyleaf pondweed, american pondweed, filamentous algae and duckweed.

Lake #3.5 has a surface area of 15.3 acres, maximum depth of 18 feet, with an average depth of 6.0 feet. The shoreline length is 2 miles with a watershed of 450 acres. The lake is a long, narrow final cut with an aquatic vegetation coverage of less than 10 percent of the surface. The major aquatic vegetation consists of coontail, curlyleaf pondweed and duckweed.

Lake #4 has a surface area of 18.5 acres, maximum depth of 33 feet, with an average depth of 16.51 feet. The shoreline length is 2.1 miles with a watershed of 450 acres. The lake is a long, narrow final cut with an aquatic vegetation coverage of less than 5 percent of the surface. The major aquatic vegetation consists of coontail, curlyleaf pondweed, american pondweed, brittle naiad, water milfoil and small pondweed.

Little Sister Lake has a surface area of 35.8 acres, maximum depth of 25 feet, with an average depth of 10.87 feet. Storage capacity is 388.15 acre-feet, with a shoreline length of 11,550 feet and a watershed of 1,556 acres. The lake is characterized by a long (4,290 feet), narrow (330 feet average width) basin. Submerged trees, logs and stumps are abundant in the upper half and coves of the lake. Extensive littoral areas throughout the lake often contain dense growth of coontail, curlyleaf pondweed and filamentous algae. The upper end of the lake and the back of coves have accumulated leaf litter and sedimentation over the last 48 years. This flocculent material has reduced water depth and created anaerobic conditions in these areas.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: All four of these lakes are in good shape overall with quality largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie and channel catfish available for anglers in each lake. All four lakes receive an annual stocking of non-vulnerable channel catfish from the state hatchery system. Lake #3 and Lake #4 were added to the state muskie stocking priority list. Both lakes have received a muskie stocking from the state hatchery system in the fall of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. A low density population population of muskie has been created in each lake with fish over 40 inches present.

Additional species include: a low density of warmouth sunfish, and hybrid redear x bluegill sunfish are found in each lake. A low density of very large common carp are found in Lake#3 and Little Sister Lake.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only. Boat ramps are available at each main lake.

Contact Information:
Fulton County Camping and Recreation Area
309-668-2931
IDNR County Fisheries Biologist
309-446-9143