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CLINTON LAKE


Lake Information

County: DeWitt

Acreage: 4895

Average Depth: 14.99 feet

Shoreline Length: 129.9 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

North Fork West Side Weldon Access DeWitt Bridge Marina Mascoutin Wetland Area Parnell Access Rt. 10 Shore Dam


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
     Dam, DeWitt Bridge, Marina, Mascoutin State Park, North Fork,
     Parnell Access, Rt. 10 Shore, Weldon Access, West Side,
     Wetland Area

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2020

Blue Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

14685

2020

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

11737

2020

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

33150

2020

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

205814

2021

Blue Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

48950

2021

Blue Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

2975

2021

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

92007

2021

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

227571


Additional information for stocking on CLINTON LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUE CATFISH

Average

A catfish survey was conducted in the fall of 2018 to assess the stocking of blue catfish. Blue catfish ranged in size from 9 inches to 29 inches. Blue catfish have been stocked at a low rate into Clinton Lake since 2014. See site regulation below.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

In an attempt to improve the crappie fishery, blacknose crappie were stocked from on-site rearing ponds each year. During the most recent survey, the catch rate for black crappie was 28.3 black crappie per hour and the catch rate for blacknose crappie was 17.1 per hour. The white crappie catch rate went from 3.1 per hour in 2011 to 62.7 crappie per hour in 2018. In 2020, the catch rate was 87.7 crappie per hour. The catch rate objective is 25 per hour for white crappie and 15 per hour for black crappie and blacknose crappie. Approximately 17% of the white crappie were longer than 10 inches and 17% of the black crappie were longer than 10 inches. Clinton Lake is producing a high-density crappie fishery. See site regulation below.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Good

Hybrid striped bass were first stocked in Clinton Lake in 1978. During the last spring gill netting survey, hybrid striped bass were collected at a rate of 2.4 per net. The average catch rate is 17.2 hybrids per net. The hybrid striped bass ranged in size from 14.5 inches to 27 inches. Clinton Lake has a good hybrid striped bass fishery and is maintained by annual stockings. See site regulation below.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Excellent

The most recent survey resulted in a catch rate of 102 bass per hour and was above the management objective of 80 bass per hour. The average catch rate since 2011 is 89 bass per hour. The largest bass collected during the 2020 survey weighed 6.2 pounds. There are good numbers of quality bass in the lake, with 67% being over 12 inches in length and 24% over 15 inches. Clinton Lake has an excellent bass population. See site regulation below.

WALLEYE

Good

The catch rate for walleye during the most recent survey was 3.1 walleye per hour. The average catch rate since 2011 is 4.9 walleye per hour. Of the walleye collected over 10 inches, 71% were longer than 15 inches and 14% were longer than 20 inches. The fishery is maintained from annual stockings. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit.

WHITE BASS

Fair

There were strong year classes in 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2019 which produced a great white bass fishery. Even though there have been recent strong year classes, the catch rate in the most recent survey was only 1.4 white bass per hour. The average catch rate is 14.2 white bass per hour.See site regulation below.

Location: Clinton Lake is located in DeWitt County 10 miles east of Clinton, IL.

Description: This 4,895 acre lake was constructed to serve as a cooling reservoir for the Clinton Nuclear Power Station. The lake has a maximum depth of 60 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. Clinton Lake is No Wake for all boats from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise with the exception of waterfowl hunters. Various portions of the lake are designated as no-wake, electric motor only, or no boat areas for safety and security reasons. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks. There are 17 Class AA campsites, 286 Class A campsites and 5 Class B/S campsites at Clinton Lake with showers and almost all are adaptable to either tents, trailers or motor homes. Click here to reserve a campsite. Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The IDNR Division of Fisheries has been active in the management of the fisheries in Clinton Lake since the lake opened in 1979. The lake receives stockings of walleye, hybrid striped bass, blue catfish, and blacknose crappie.

Additional Lake Information: Bowfishing is allowed on certain areas of the lake. All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks.

Site Regulations:
Largmouth/Smallmouth Bass; 3 fish daily limit, 16" length limit
Walleye: 3 fish daily limit, 18" length limit
Channel Catfish/Blue Catfish: 10 fish daily limit, no length limit.
Hybrid Striped/White/Striped Badd: 10 fish daily limit, only 3 fish over 17"
Crappie: 15 fish daily limit, 9" length limit

Contact Information:
Site Office
217- 935-8722
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus
217-784-4730

There were 86 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 247
Channel Catfish 217
Crappie 540
Flathead Catfish 1
Hybrid Striped Bass 1
Largemouth Bass 2480

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2021 tournaments:

1     8.88 lbs
2     8.29 lbs
3     8.22 lbs
4     8.12 lbs
5     8.06 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2021 tournaments:

1 517.38 lbs
2 478.56 lbs
3 456.13 lbs
4 436.44 lbs
5 378.81 lbs


Multiple day tournaments are listed with * end date.

Interested in participating in one of these public tournaments? Contact us with tournament ID for more information.

2021 – 2022 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
March-1921019ApprovedMarina boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
March-1921021ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
March-2619887ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
March-2620381ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
March-2719896ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0219722ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-0219796ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-0221069PendingMarina boat
hook
15Crappie
NoNo
April-0320592ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
NoNo
April-0320546ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
9Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-0321044ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Crappie
NoNo
April-0919992ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0920385ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
April-0920433PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0920946PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
18Crappie
NoNo
April-1019951ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-1020032ApprovedMarina boat
hook
55Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-1021016PendingWest Side boat
hook
15Crappie
NoNo
April-14
*April-15
19769ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-1619730ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-1619833ApprovedMarina boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1621200PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-23
*April-24
19704ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-2319714ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-2320383ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
April-2320732PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
April-2419719ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-2419811ApprovedMarina boat
hook
70Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-3019889ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-3020082ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-3020983ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
30Crappie
NoYes
April-3021289PendingWest Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0119708PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0719748ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
May-0720387ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
May-1419819ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-1419911ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-1420567ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
May-1520440PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-1520864ApprovedMarina boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-21
*May-22
20390ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
June-0419925ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
YesYes
June-0420568ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
June-0519869ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-0520427PendingMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1119728ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-1120391ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
June-1219883ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-18
*June-19
20392ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
June-1821051ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1919915ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-2519734ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
July-09
*July-10
20394ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
July-0920537ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-0921178ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-1021179ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-1620395ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
July-1620569ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
July-1719721ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-3020570ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
August-06
*August-07
20398ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
August-0620572ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
August-0720371ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
10Multiple SpeciesNoNo
August-1319752ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
August-2019741ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
August-2020399ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
August-2020782ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
August-2120783ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
NoNo
August-2720573ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
September-1019760ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
September-1020400ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
September-10
*September-11
20574ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
September-1119787ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1120241ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-1719726ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-17
*September-18
20403ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
September-1820981ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2419736ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-2420402ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
October-0119765ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
October-0120080ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
NoNo
October-0120405PendingMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
October-0220750ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
NoNo
October-08
*October-09
20136ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
NoNo
October-0820438ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-0820984ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
30Crappie
NoYes
October-0920439ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-0920751ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
NoNo
October-1521068ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Crappie
NoYes
October-2221160ApprovedMarina boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
October-2320267ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo