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MATTOON, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Shelby

Acreage: 988

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes


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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

25280

2021

Walleye x Sauger (Saugeye)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

52097


Additional information for stocking on MATTOON, LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Fair

Few fish exceed 7.5 inches, but most have a heavy body weight.

CARP

Good

Abundant with fish exceeding 10 lbs.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Good

Currently abundant in the lake through primarily natural recruitment. The average catch goes from 3/4 - 4.5 lbs., with the occasional fish over 10 pounds caught.

CRAPPIE

Excellent

Both white and black crappie are abundant. Growth rates vary from slow to fast within this population. However, anglers may still catch crappie up to 13 inches and 3/4 lbs.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Poor

Catch and release is encouraged as abundance is low.

FRESHWATER DRUM

Average

Moderately abundant with fish exceeding 10 lbs.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Good

Hybrid striped bass are stocked annually with population density varying with stocking density. Good numbers of hybrid striped bass have been caught in recent years by anglers. Numbers of hybrids are caught below the spillway in early spring. Catch rates of hybrid striped bass were high during the standardized fall survey in 2012 and good in 2013.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Fair

Moderate in abundance due to a lack of aquatic vegetation for nursery habitat. Decent numbers of bass from .5-3 lbs. are present with fish over 6 lbs. caught on occasion.

SAUGEYE (Walleye/Sauger Hybrid)

Fair

Saugeye were initially stocked in 2010. Saugeye are moderate in abundance with anglers reporting catches of some legal saugeye. The 2012 and 2013 year classes look strong.

Location: Lake Mattoon is located approximately twelve miles southwest of Mattoon and about 1.5 miles northwest of Neoga, in parts of Shelby, Coles, and Cumberland Counties.

Description: The lake covers 1050 surface acres with a maximum depth of 31 feet and average depth of 11.4 feet. Public boat launching facilities are available and the City of Mattoon (217-895-2922 or 234-3611) collects a boating access fee, which covers Lake Paradise as well. All tournaments must be scheduled through the City of Mattoon.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The fish population in Lake Mattoon is intensively surveyed every two years, primarily by electrofishing. The fish are measured, weighed, and scales collected before releasing them alive. Hybrid striped bass, and saugeye, populations are being maintained by annual stockings. In addition to the species listed above, yellow bass, longear sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth, and yellow and black bullheads are present, but are seldom harvested by fishermen due to the small size attained by these species.

Additional Lake Information: Pole and line fishing only, with no more than two poles allowed per person, with only two hooks or lures per pole. After sunset the entire lake is no wake. Camping, a swimming beach, live bait, fishing tackle, ice, and drinks are available.

Contact Information:
Lake Mattoon Marina
217-895-2922 (winter: 217-234-3611)
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Jim Garavaglia
217-345-2420

There were 56 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 1
Channel Catfish 374
Flathead Catfish 1
Largemouth Bass 1272

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

1     6.86 lbs
2     6.56 lbs
3     6.21 lbs
4     6.20 lbs
5     6.15 lbs

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

1 148.00 lbs
2 145.41 lbs
3 117.06 lbs
4 116.61 lbs
5 111.23 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 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
July-0921499ApprovedMarina boat
hook
8Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
July-0921864ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1321887ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1621865ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2021888ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2321500ApprovedMarina boat
hook
8Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
July-2321866ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2721889ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-3021867ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0321890ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0621868ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1021891ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1321501ApprovedMarina boat
hook
8Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
August-1321869ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1721892ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2021870ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2421893ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2721502ApprovedMarina boat
hook
8Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
August-2721871ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-3121894ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-0321872ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1021503ApprovedMarina boat
hook
8Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
September-1021873ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1721874ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1820233ApprovedMarina boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2421504ApprovedMarina boat
hook
8Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
September-2421875ApprovedMarina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-0121505ApprovedMarina boat
hook
8Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoYes
October-0121876ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-2220265ApprovedMarina boat
hook
16Largemouth Bass
NoNo