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SPRINGFIELD, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Sangamon

Acreage: 3866

Average Depth: 13.16 feet

Shoreline Length: 52.7 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

Bay Island Center Harbor Marine Point Midland Island Spaulding Dam West End


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
    Bay Island, Center Harbor, Marine Point, Midland Island,
    Spaulding Dam, West End

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"

12702

2020

Blue Catfish

Fingerling 1 - 3"

14000

2021

Blue Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

42347

2021

Blue Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"

1262


Additional information for stocking on SPRINGFIELD, LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUE CATFISH

Developing

The Division of Fisheries, working with the City and the local catfish club, began a blue cat stocking program in 2006. Approximately 150 fish ranging from 3-57 pounds have been transplanted from the Mississippi River near Alton. Fingerlings have also been stocked from the IDNR hatchery system and through purchases from a private fish hatchery in Kentucky since 2006. Approximately 13,296 5.9” blue catfish were stocked into Lake Springfield in fall 2016. Blue cats will grow quickly and provide an excellent trophy fishery to anglers. Anglers can catch blue catfish in the warmer months using crayfish, shrimp, large shad, or stinkbait around submerged logs and deadfalls.

BLUEGILL

Excellent

Lake Springfield has a surprisingly good bluegill population, which is uncommon in a large impoundment. The fall fish survey showed that 55% of the catchable population is composed of 6–7” fish, while 9% is composed of 7–8” fish. Anglers can catch bluegill in the warmer months of the year using worms, crickets, or night crawlers along structured shorelines.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

The channel catfish population is excellent both in quantity and quality. Lake Springfield is one of the best channel catfish lakes in the state. Anglers can catch channel catfish in the warmer months of the year using bottom fishing techniques with cut bait, shrimp, chicken livers or night crawlers within the entire lake. The largest channel catfish ever collected during a fish survey measured 27.5” and weighed over 13.5 lbs.

CRAPPIE

Improving

Both black and white crappie are present in Lake Springfield. The black crappie are a strain originally brought in from Arkansas in 1985 that have a ¼” wide black stripe running from just under the chin up over the nose to the dorsal fin. They are called blacknose or black-striped crappie by anglers. This genetic morph of black crappie were stocked in Lake Springfield beginning in 2006. The 2016 fall fish survey showed a catch rate of 14 black crappie/hour of electrofishing. White crappie in Lake Springfield are native. The 2016 fall fish survey showed a catch rate of only 15 white crappie/hour of electrofishing. In general, crappie numbers have been lower than desired, therefore a crappie stocking program was implemented in the mid-2000s and will continue indefinitely or until the population is strong enough to sustain itself. About 800 black crappie measuring 5.3” were stocked into Lake Springfield from the rearing pond in the fall of 2016. Dense aquatic vegetation inhibited a more successful harvest. Around 10,000 black crappie measuring 2–4” were also stocked into the lake in fall 2016 through the IDNR state hatchery system. Brood black crappie will be stocked into the rearing pond in spring 2017 and their young will be stocked into the lake after two growing seasons in fall 2018. Anglers can catch crappie around submerged structures within the entire lake, but particularly in the southern 1/3rd of the lake, with spinners, jigs and minnows in the spring and fall. The largest white crappie ever collected by electrofishing on Lake Springfield measured 15” and weighed just over 2 lbs! Site Regulation: 10” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 10 fish per day.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Excellent

Lake Springfield has earned a reputation for producing large numbers of nice flathead catfish every year. The largest reported was over 60 pounds Anglers can catch flathead catfish using live bait such as minnows, sunfish, shad, or crayfish around submerged logs and deadfalls in the warmer months and deep holes in the colder months.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Lake Springfield is one of the better largemouth bass lakes in the state. It has shown consistent balance over the last two decades. It has a high density population with electrofishing surveys routinely surpassing 100 bass per hour (147/hr in 2016). In addition, thanks to a strong shad forage base, the bass are very heavy bodied. They typically are 25% heavier per length than the statewide average. For example, a 15” bass averages 1.75 lbs statewide while in Lake Springfield it weighs 2.25 lbs. The only downside to the population is the apparent lack of fish over 18” and 3.5 lbs. There are excellent numbers below that, but above, the numbers drop off significantly. The 2016 fall fish survey showed only 1.5% of the catchable population to measure over 18”. The lack of fish over 18” is however normal for this lake. Anglers can catch largemouth bass on points, deadfalls, and stickups within the entire lake in the warmer months of the year with plastic worms, jigs, spinners, crank baits, minnows, crayfish and worms. The largest largemouth bass ever collected by electrofishing on Lake Springfield measured 22” and weighed 6.5 lbs. Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6 per day.

WHITE BASS

Developing

The white bass population remains very good. Historically, fall electrofishing surveys did not produce adequate sample sizes to assess the population, but our catch rates have increased over the last few years. All population indices were within the desired range in 2016. The 2016 fall fish survey showed a catch rate of 35/hr of electrofishing, which is the highest catch rate of white bass in more than 10 years. The lake is noted for both the size and numbers of white bass. Fish up to 15” are common. Anglers can catch white bass within the entire lake, using minnows, small spinners, and small jigs.

Location: Lake Springfield is located on the southeast edge of Springfield.

Description: Lake Springfield was constructed in 1931 by the damming of Lick and Sugar creeks. It has a maximum depth of approximately 30' and average depth of 13'. Lake Springfield is 3866 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The Division of Fisheries entered into a formal Cooperative Management Agreement in 1984 with the City of Springfield to manage the sport fishery. Lake Springfield has a small power plant on the lake that keeps the lower end of the lake open to fishing year round. Lake Springfield has four concrete boat ramps for easy access.

A total of 45 fish species have been collected in Lake Springfield since 1984. While their numbers and potential for successful angling are low, anglers may catch green sunfish, green sunfish x bluegill hybrid, freshwater drum, redear sunfish, or yellow bullhead.

Additional Lake Information: The lake has four concrete boat ramps for easy access. Two pole and line fishing only. No commercial devices, such as trot lines, jugs, or bank poles, are allowed. Archery fishing is allowed for rough fish throughout the lake.

Note: When fishing on Lake Springfield, lake rules require you maintain 100’ distance from private property.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6 per day
Crappie: 10” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 10 fish per day
Walleye/sauger: 14” minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6/day

Contact Information:
City of Springfield
217-789-2323
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Tad Locher
217-720-0235

There were 79 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Blue Catfish 424
Channel Catfish 143
Crappie 148
Largemouth Bass 2749
Smallmouth Bass 1

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

1     6.24 lbs
2     5.94 lbs
3     5.70 lbs
4     5.36 lbs
5     5.31 lbs

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

1 442.25 lbs
2 440.55 lbs
3 393.13 lbs
4 329.25 lbs
5 261.00 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-1720657ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
March-2420658ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
March-3120659ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-02
*April-03
19723ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0720660ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0921130ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0921125ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Crappie
NoNo
April-1020165ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1021164ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-1420661ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1721629ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-2120662ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-2320083ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2320449ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2820663ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-3019706ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-3019801ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0520664ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-0719841ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-0719952ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
May-07
*May-08
20648ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1220665ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1420982ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
YesYes
May-1519732ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1519953ApprovedMarina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1920666ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2120450ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2120931ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2219994ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2220509ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2620667ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2921648ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-0220668ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-04
*June-05
19877ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
YesNo
June-04
*June-05
19900ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
YesNo
June-0920669ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1119908ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1120037ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-1220061ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
June-1620670ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1820451ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1920529ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-1920934ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2320671ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2519851ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2519984ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2620133ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
55Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-3020672ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-0420641ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-0720673ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-0920059ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-0921167ApprovedMarina boat
hook
5Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
July-1020027ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1420674ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1620452ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1720077ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
July-2120675ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2820676ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0420677ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-0621550ApprovedSailboat Launch boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0719859ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
YesNo
August-1120678ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-1321418ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1820679ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2020453ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2520680ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2719861ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
45Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-27
*August-28
20068ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2820521ApprovedMarina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-0120681ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-0820682ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1020384ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-10
*September-11
21076ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-1121042ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1520683ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1720035ApprovedMarina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1821649ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
40Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
NoNo
September-1820135ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
September-2220684ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-2520256ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2521145ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2920685ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-0121642ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
October-0119963ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-0120954ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
19Crappie
NoNo
October-0219993ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0820373ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0920651ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-22
*October-23
20656ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-2921284ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-3020957ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
19Crappie
NoNo
November-0620958ApprovedLindsay Bridge boat
hook
19Crappie
NoYes