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OTTER LAKE


Lake Information

County: Macoupin

Acreage: 765

Average Depth: 19.82 feet

Shoreline Length: 38.4 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 115hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2020

Muskellunge

Adult

535

2020

Striped Bass x White Bass (Wiper)

Fingerling 1 - 3"

8000

2021

Muskellunge

Adult

768


Additional information for stocking on OTTER LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

Our spring 2015 species evaluation sample yielded channel catfish ranging from 12” to 24.5”, and maxing the scale at 5.6 lbs. 28% attained 2 pounds, 9.3% reached 4 pounds, and none exceeded 6 pounds in total weight. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily creel limit.

HYBRID STRIPED BASS (WIPERS)

Very Good

During March of 2015, striped bass hybrids measured from 10.9” to 26.4”, and topped the scale at 9.2 pounds. 39.3% were at least 4 pounds, 14.3% met 6 pounds, and 7.1% attained 8 pounds or better. Site Regulation: 3 fish 17” or longer; 10 fish daily creel limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Site Regulation: 15” minimum length limit; 3 fish daily creel limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Very Good

During this survey we boated muskie measuring from 30.7” to 39.4” and weighing up to 18.7 pounds. 92.9% made it to 32”, 78.6% reached 34”, and 35.7% topped 36” in total length.Site Regulation: 48” minimum length limit; 1 fish daily creel limit.

WHITE BASS

Good

During our spring field work we collected white bass ranging from 11.4” to 17.6”, and weighing up to 2.6 pounds. 80% were 12”, 20% measured 14”, and 20% grew to 16” in size. Site Regulation: 3 fish 17” or longer; 10 fish daily creel limit.

Location: Otter Lake is located in north central Macoupin County 6 miles west of Girard, IL.

Description: Otter Lake is named after Otter Creek, which was dammed to provide flood control, water-based recreation, and potable water for surrounding towns. This beautiful central Illinois Lake was built in 1968, and has provided wonderful fishing opportunities since. The lake is 765 acres, has a shoreline length of 39 miles, a watershed size of 12,985 acres, a maximum depth of 51 feet, and an average depth of 20 feet.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Approximately 20 species occupy this eutrophic impoundment. Otter Lake receives stockings of 10" to 14" muskie, 4" to 8" largemouth bass, and 2" striped bass hybrids.

Additional Lake Information: Otter Lake has a 115 hp motor size limit. There is a single boat ramp at mid-lake on the north side of Palmyra blacktop. The site has a concession stand/bait shop, campground, and picnic areas. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig. 2 pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Otter Lake Water Commission
217-965-1566
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Eric Ratcliff
618-931-4217

There were 19 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 805

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

1     6.65 lbs
2     6.47 lbs
3     6.38 lbs
4     6.37 lbs
5     6.11 lbs

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

1 327.16 lbs
2 277.17 lbs
3 207.05 lbs
4 178.40 lbs
5 152.31 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?
April-0221436PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0921437PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-16
*April-17
20930PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2321406PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-3021438PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-0721439PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1421407PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1521035PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2219793PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2819989PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-0421408PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1220126PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2521409PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2321410PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-2021411PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-0920207PendingOtter Lake Main Ramp boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo