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DRAKE LAKE - JEPCSFWA


Lake Information

County: Cass

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

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

Excellent

0.1 lbs

6

Drake Lake has an excellent redear sunfish and bluegill fishery. Twenty-four percent of bluegill sampled measured greater than 7” and 10% greater than 8”

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

0.4 lbs

12

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

Poor

0.3 lbs

9

The bass are overpopulated and show signs of stunting, which helps provide anglers the opportunity to catch trophy sunfish. High densities of small, hungry bass prey upon the sunfish species, allowing the sunfish that avoid predation to quickly grow to large sizes.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Excellent

0.1 lbs

5

Drake Lake has an excellent redear sunfish and bluegill fishery. 51% of redear sunfish sampled in our survey measured greater than 8” and 6% greater than 10”.

Location: Drake 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. Drake Lake is 35 acres with a maximum depth of 42’.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: For information on the other bodies of water in the Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish Wildlife Area:

Gridley Lake

Prairie Lake

Gurney Road Pond

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