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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

2021

Blue Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

48950

2021

Blue Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

2975

2021

Largemouth Bass

Fry

507940

2021

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

19540

2021

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

92007

2021

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

227571

2021

White Crappie

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2430

2021

White Crappie

Fingerling 1 - 3"

31059

2022

Blacknose Crappie

Fingerling 1 - 3"

20235

2022

Blue Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

48950

2022

Largemouth Bass

Fry

564750

2022

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

212015


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 68 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2022.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 122
Channel Catfish 213
Crappie 374
Largemouth Bass 2165

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2022 tournaments:

1     7.50 lbs
2     7.31 lbs
3     7.25 lbs
4     6.81 lbs
5     6.62 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2022 tournaments:

1 409.50 lbs
2 392.13 lbs
3 386.43 lbs
4 351.48 lbs
5 296.77 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.

2022-2023 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
March-2523371ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
March-25
*March-26
23625ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0122432ApprovedMarina boat
hook
55Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-0123218ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
25Crappie
NoYes
April-0124128PendingMarina boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-0223588ApprovedMarina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-0822439ApprovedMarina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
April-0822492ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-13
*April-14
23361ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1522450ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-1522511ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-1522765ApprovedMarina boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
April-1523353ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
April-1622559ApprovedMarina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-1623307PendingMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2222579ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-2222772ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-2223354PendingMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2223367ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2322425ApprovedMarina boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-2323845PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-2323870PendingMarina boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-2922437ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
April-29
*April-30
22462ApprovedMarina boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-29
*April-30
22469ApprovedMarina boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-2922488PendingMascoutin State Park boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2923519PendingMarina boat
hook
75Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
April-3022607ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-3023398ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0622548ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-0623065ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0623589ApprovedMarina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-0723221ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1322527ApprovedMarina boat
hook
55Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
May-1322577ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
YesYes
May-1323055PendingMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2022542ApprovedMarina boat
hook
55Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
May-2022767ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-2023355PendingMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-20
*May-21
23662PendingMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2122742ApprovedWest Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-2123468ApprovedMarina boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2723783ApprovedWeldon Access boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-2724299PendingWest Side boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0322608ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
YesYes
June-0422477ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-0424195ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
NoYes
June-1023590ApprovedMarina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-1122431ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1122523ApprovedMarina boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-1723356PendingMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-24
*June-25
22648ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-2423879ApprovedMarina boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2523248ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-0823357ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1522631ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
YesYes
July-2922647ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
YesYes
August-0522661ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
YesYes
August-1322815ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
August-2623358ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2723237ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-0922731ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
YesYes
September-1023308ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1623062ApprovedMarina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1623359ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2322806ApprovedMarina boat
hook
70Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-2722926ApprovedMarina boat
hook
24Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesNo
September-3023360ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-07
*October-08
22756ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
YesYes
October-0723674ApprovedMarina boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-0822583ApprovedMarina boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-1423234ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
25Crappie
NoNo
October-1423857ApprovedMarina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
October-2122483ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
October-2122540ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-21
*October-22
22694ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-2222574ApprovedMascoutin State Park boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2822504ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes