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JOHNSON SAUK TRAIL LAKE


Lake Information

County: Henry

Acreage: 50

Average Depth: 8.01 feet

Shoreline Length: 1.5 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unlimited Hp, No Wake

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

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2016

2022

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2000

2022

Muskellunge

Adult

80


Additional information for stocking on Johnson Sauk Trail Lake


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Average

The Bluegill population is dominated by fish in the 3–6-inch range. Size distribution of the Bluegill population has been moving toward larger fish with increased aquatic vegetation treatments.

CRAPPIE

Poor

Black and White crappie are both present in Johnson Sauk Trail. White Crappie are the dominate species. Quality fish can be found for both species but in very low density. Most fish will be less than 8 inches. The lake has not size or creel limits on this species and they will need harvest to improve the fishery.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

The Largemouth bass population continues to have a good population structure that will provide for quality fishing with a chance for a trophy size class fish. Numbers of 15–20-inch fish have been steady and average 6fish per hr.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

Muskie are stocked every third year. Fish in the 33-38 inch range will be the dominate size class. Fish above 42 do show up regularly in samples.

Location: Johnson Sauk Trail Lake is located in Henry County 5 miles north of Kewane off Illinois Route 78.

Description: Johnson Sauk Trail is a 58-surface acre impoundment with a maximum depth of 23 feet and an average depth of 8.2 feet. The lake was built in 1949 and finished in 1955. The lake was opened to fishing in 1957. It has a watershed of 876.1 acres. Boating is allowed, all boats operate at no wake. The lake has one paved boat ramp and parking lot. Part of the shoreline is ADA accessible.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Johnson Sauk Trail receives an annual stocking of Channel catfish at a rate of 35 per acre. Muskie are stocked every three years at a rate of 1 per acre.

Additional Lake Information: All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only
Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (14˝ Minimum Length Limit)
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . . . . . . . . . . . No Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
Channel Catfish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)
Muskellunge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Fish Daily creel Limit (36” Minimum Length Limit)
White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie . . . . . . . . No Fish Daily Creel Limit (No Minimum Length Limit)

Boats allowed: unlimited Hp, no wake operation

Contact Information:
Johnson Sauk Trail State
28616 Sauk Trail Road, Kewanee Il 61443
309-853-5589
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels
630-360-4185