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SAM PARR LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jasper

Acreage: 180

Average Depth: 10.04 feet

Shoreline Length: 9.6 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 10hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

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

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

4000

2021

Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

4000


Additional information for stocking on SAM PARR LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Average

Black crappie have become the more numerous/dominant species in recent years. Black crappie average body condition was at the lake management plan minimum target. Black crappie average body condition was good and improved above their lake management plan target. Nearly 60% of the adult black crappie were in the 8” – 10” size range and 20% exceeded 9”. Anglers can expect to see most fish in the 8” – 10” range, with black crappie being the more prevalent species. However, small fish of both species will also be abundant. Most black crappie caught will likely weigh between 0.25 and 0.5 pounds and larger white crappie may weigh more than 1 pound. Harvest of smaller crappie at Sam Parr Lake is encouraged.

BLUEGILL

Poor

Size structure of the bluegill population remained stable and poor. Average body condition remained above the lake management plan target. The bluegill sample collected in 2021 continued to be comprised almost entirely of fish under 7” in length. The precipitous decline in the quality of the bluegill population coincided with the 2005 appearance of gizzard shad. Anglers can expect most fish to range from 5” – 7” and weigh from 0.1 – 0.22 pounds.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Very Good

Catfish remain relatively abundant in Sam Parr Lake and should provide good fishing opportunities in the coming year. Most fish will range from 1 – 4 pounds with a few larger fish over 5 pounds. This lake provides many bank fishing opportunities. The best places to fish include the rip-rap along the dam, the upper ends of the two main arms of the lake, and in the backs of coves. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

All of the largemouth bass size structure indices met their lake management plan goals. The electrofishing catch rate decreased from the 2020 survey but remained well above the target. Approximately 27% of the adult bass in the sample were larger than the 14” minimum length limit. Average body condition remained below the lake management plan target, but the body condition of bass over 16” was very good. The discrepancy in body condition is likely a result of the strong gizzard shad population in the lake. Nearly 50% of the gizzard shad collected in recent surveys have exceeded 7” in length and have not been available as a prey source for the smaller bass. In 2022, anglers can expect most keeper bass to be 1.3 – 5 pounds with a few larger fish over 6 pounds.

WHITE CRAPPIE

Fair

The white crappie sample collected in 2021 was comprised mostly of a few larger and older fish and a strong class of fish below 8”. Harvest of smaller crappie at Sam Parr Lake is encouraged.

Location: Sam Parr Lake is located in Jasper County, approximately 3 miles northeast of Newton Illinois on IL Rt 33.

Description: Sam Parr Lake was constructed in Sam Parr State Park near Newton in 1971 through the cooperative efforts of the Illinois Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Federal funds for construction of the lake were provided through the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act. Sam Parr Lake has a surface area of 180 acres, a maximum depth of 28 feet, and a mean depth of 10 feet. The lake has 9.5 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 3,950 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fish population in Sam Parr Lake is comprised of largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black crappie, white crappie, and channel catfish. The lake also contains common carp and gizzard shad. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Boats with outboard motors are restricted to 10 horsepower maximum.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit

Contact Information:
Sam Parr State Park
618-783-2661
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732

There were 26 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Channel Catfish 37
Largemouth Bass 493

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

1     7.29 lbs
2     6.85 lbs
3     6.52 lbs
4     6.05 lbs
5     6.00 lbs

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

1 62500.00 lbs
2 100.01 lbs
3 95.00 lbs
4 75.50 lbs
5 69.13 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?
May-2120642Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1120109Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1820578Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
YesNo
June-1920612Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-2520693Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-2619860Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-0919903Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1020038Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
9Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-2120891Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-3020090Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-3120858Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0620118Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0721468Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-1320643Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2119962Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
17Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2520890Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2720580Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1021241Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1120828Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2419929Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2520650Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0120874Approved Sam Parr SFWA boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo