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CARLTON, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Whiteside

Acreage: 70

Average Depth: 11.25 feet

Shoreline Length: 2.8 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

2212

2021

Muskellunge

Adult

81

2021

Walleye x Sauger (Saugeye)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

17109

2022

Walleye x Sauger (Saugeye)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

11655


Additional information for stocking on Carlton, Lake


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Average

Bluegill population contains numerous fish up to 7.0 inches with the potential to catch fish up to 8 inches. Anglers will have to wade through smaller fish to find the larger ones.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Average

The Largemouth bass population is dominated by 12- 14 inch fish. These fish have good weights and are in good overall health. Trophy potential is low, but good catch rates can be expected at Lake Carlton.

MUSKELLUNGE

Very Good

Muskie are stocked in Lake Carlton to provide a trophy predator species. Muskie are stocked at a rate of 1 fish per acre every other year. Muskie ranging from 30-38 inches are the dominate size group.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Excellent

Saugeye fishing will continue to be good, but fishing for them takes some dedication. Good numbers of fish 14-20 inches long are available. Spring samples have averaged 75 fish/hr for the past 3 years.

Location: Lake Carlton is located in Morrison-Rockwood State Park, north of Morrison in Whiteside County.

Description: Lake Carlton provides one of the best fishing spots in Illinois. Its average depth is 12 feet, with a maximum depth of 24 feet. It has a shoreline of 2.9 miles with plenty of room for shore fishermen. Initial stocking of the lake was completed in 1970 and the lake is managed to maintain a plentiful fishing variety. Anglers may catch largemouth bass, black crappie, rock bass, channel catfish, redear sunfish, bluegill, muskie and walleye. In addition to shoreline fishing, nine piers are designated for anglers.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Lake Carlton is a watershed impoundment constructed in 1969 by building a 38-foot high, 1,800-foot long earthen dam across a stream. The lake was named in memory of L. Carlton Anderson, a local citizen who actively promoted the park and was an important civic and conservation leader.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig.

Contact Information:
Morrison Rockwood State Park
18750 Lake Road
815-772-4708
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels
630-360-4185