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DOUBLE T MUSKIE


Lake Information

County: Fulton

Acreage: 64

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

N/A

N/A

The bluegill size structure remained low according to the 2014 electrofishing survey results. The five year trend appears to be a bluegill population with a top size under 7.0 inches in length. The competition from the current gizzard shad and carp population may limit the ability of the bluegill population to improve to a good status.

CRAPPIE

Poor

N/A

N/A

Quality crappie populations are present at a low density. A bacterial fish kill was reported in June of 2009 with a large number of crappie killed. And, in late May of 2013, another crappie-specific fish kill occurred. The established regulation is a minimum size limit of 10 inches and a creel limit of 25 fish per day.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Good

N/A

N/A

The Largemouth bass population was sampled in 2014 and the bass populations continues to maintain its integrity. In 2014, the bass population continued to exceed the objectives with 10% over 18 inches long. The current bass regulation of a 21 inch minimum size limit and 1 fish per day was an effort to protect the initial population in the lake and to build this population up.

MUSKELLUNGE

Developing

2.4 lbs

23

In 2014, the muskie collected by spring trapnets ranged in size from 23.6 to 37.8 inches long. The average body condition was excellent. No muskie were stocked in 2004 or 2013, but 64 fish were stocked in each year from 2005 through 2014.

Location: The Double T State Fish and Wildlife Area is located 3 miles north west of Canton in Fulton County.

Description: Double T Lake is a 64 surface acre lake that was formed in 1983 by coal mining. This site was obtained by the State of Illinois in September 2001. The maiximum depth of the lake is approximately 65 feet. The lake is a long and linear final cut stripmine that form the shape of a double T. The basin topography is very steep shorelines with a fringe of submerged aquatic plants. Woody structure is limited to several beaver houses and the eastern end has the input of Put Creek. Water clarity has varied from 2 feet to over 7 feet.

The concrete boat ramp is accessible from Cypress Road.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fishery of Double T Lake is highlighted by a quality largemouth bass and black crappie populations with a developing muskie population. Pure muskie have been stocked since 2002 at a rate of up to 3 fish per acre at 10 to 14 inches long. In addition, Double T Lake has a strong population of carp and gizzard shad with small numbers of green sunfish, bluntnose minnows and yellow bullheads present.

Additional Lake Information: 2 pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
309-647-9184
IDNR County Fisheries Biologist
309-446-9143