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GRIDLEY LAKE - JEPCSFWA


Lake Information

County: Cass

Acreage: 25

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in fall

  Trout stocked in spring


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

Average

0.2 lbs

7

Gridley Lake initially produced many large, fast growing bluegill and redear sunfish. The sunfish population since declined, but many management goals were met in 2014. Thirty-three percent of bluegill collected in 2014 measured over 6” and 15% measured over 7”.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

4.3 lbs

23

The channel catfish population is doing well with 2-5.5 lb channel catfish present in the lake. Channel catfish are stocked biennially to supplement the population.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

0.5 lbs

10

The largemouth bass population has shown signs of stunting over the last several years with high catch rates, poor body conditions, and skewed population structure. The 2014 fall fish survey showed an increase in bass body condition and a more desirable population structure, but catch rates were low.

RAINBOW TROUT

Good

N/A

N/A

Gridley Lake had some new additions in 2014. A new fall, catchable trout program was implemented, which has replaced the Gurney Road Pond trout program. Closed season Oct.1 thru 5 a.m. on third Saturday in October.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

0.3 lbs

7

Gridley Lake initially produced many large, fast growing bluegill and redear sunfish. The sunfish population since declined, but many management goals were met in 2014. Twenty-nine percent of the redear sunfish collected in 2014 measured over 7”, while 13% measured over 8”.

Location: Gridley Lake is located at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State and Fish and Wildlife Area, 8 miles north of Ashland and 40 miles northwest of Springfield.

Description: In the early 1990s, the Department of Natural Resources purchased 15,575 acres of ground from Commonwealth Edison. Ten old farm ponds on the site were rehabilitated and restocked and three new larger lakes were constructed. Gridley Lake was completed and stocked in 1997, followed by Prairie and Drake lakes in 1999 and 2002, respectively. Gridley Lake is 24.6 acres with a maximum depth of 42'.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Gridley Lake had some new additions in 2014. A new fall, catchable trout program was implemented, which has replaced the Gurney Road Pond trout program, and northern pike were stocked into the lake to help restructure the largemouth bass and sunfish populations.

Gridley Lake is stocked in the spring and fall when the special "catch-and-release only fly fishing season" opens on the Saturday 2 weeks prior to the regular trout harvest seasons. The regular spring trout harvest season on Gridley Lake begins on the 1st Saturday in April, and the regular fall trout harvest season begins on the 3rd Saturday in October. Wade fishing is permitted. An Illinois fishing license and an Inland Trout stamp are required and should be purchased before arriving at the park.

Designated as a fish preserve by the Department of Natural Resources, only sport fishing tackle is allowed, and anglers may not use more than two poles and four hooks. Trolling motor and canoe access are allowed at Gridley and Drake Lakes.

For information on the other bodies of water in the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish Wildlife Area:

Prairie Lake

Drake

Gurney Road Pond

Contact Information:
Site Office
217-452-7741
Nerissa McClelland, IDNR County Fish Biologist
(309) 543-3316 (ext. 224