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VERMILION, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Vermilion

Acreage: 900

Average Depth: 12.01 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Very Good

During the most recent fish survey, Bluegill were collected at a rate of 196.5 per hour of electrofishing and the management objective is 175 to 250 Bluegill per hour. The average catch rate for the past six surveys is 124 Bluegill per hour. Approximately 27% of the Bluegill collected were larger than 6 inches. There is no Bluegill regulation on Lake Vermilion.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

During the most recent fish survey, catfish were collected at a rate of only 4 per hour of electrofishing. The average catch rate for the past six surveys is 4.6 per hour. Catfish ranged in size from 7 inches to 17 inches.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

During the most recent fish survey, the catch rate was 94 bass per hour of electrofishing and the management objective is 100 to 125 bass per hour. The size structure of the bass population looks good with 72% being over 12 inches in length and 29% over 15 inches (based on bass collected that were 8 inches and larger). The length limit is 15 inches, and the daily creel limit is 6. Site Regulation: 15" length limit, 6 fish daily limit.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Fair

The catch rate for White Crappie during the most recent fish survey was 37 per hour of electrofishing and the management objective is 50 to 75 White Crappie per hour. Based upon crappie 5 inches and longer, 99% were over 8 inches and 69% were longer than 10 inches. Size structure is good, but numbers are low. A new regulation 9-inch minimum length limit was implemented in 2023 to protect smaller White Crappie and increase the density of White Crappie. The crappie regulation is a 9-inch length limit and 15 fish daily harvest limit. Site Regulation: 15 fish daily limit; 9-inch minimum length limit.

Location: Lake Vermillion is located on the west edge of the City of Danville.

Description: Lake Vermilion is owned by the Consumers Illinois Water Company (CIWC), which has leased the surface rights to the Vermilion County Conservation District (VCCD) to make the lake available to the public for boating and fishing. Lake Vermilion has a maximum depth of 30 feet and an average depth of 12 feet.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only, except that sport anglers can take carp, carpsuckers, and buffalo by pitchfork, gigs, bow and arrow, or bow and arrow devices north of Boiling Springs Road, but not within 300 feet around the wetland boardwalk. Trotline and jug fishing are allowed north of Boiling Springs Road. Season Pass Decals or a Daily Fee Pass are required for all boats and can be obtained at the concession stand by the boat ramp.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15" length limit, 6 fish daily limit
Crappie: 9" length limit; 15 fish daily limit.

Contact Information:
Lake Vermilion:
217-442-7561
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Mike Garthaus
217-784-4730

There were 16 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2023.

Species Total Fish Caught
Crappie 55
Largemouth Bass 649
Smallmouth Bass 28

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2023 tournaments:

1     3.75 lbs
2     3.62 lbs
3     3.25 lbs
4     3.23 lbs
5     3.00 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2023 tournaments:

1 237.28 lbs
2 230.44 lbs
3 173.59 lbs
4 170.23 lbs
5 167.78 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.

2024 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
April-2025745ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1825746ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1525747ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-2326356ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1325130ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2025748ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
August-1725749ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
September-1425529ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-1526357ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2125750ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
October-0525751ApprovedCounty Park boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes