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NEWTON LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jasper

Acreage: 1750

Average Depth: 16.01 feet

Shoreline Length: 52 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? 25hp

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

large map link Cold Water Dam Laws Creek Warm Water


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
    Cold Water Arm, Dam, Laws Creek Channel,
    Warm Water Arm

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2020

Black Crappie

Fingerling 1 - 3"

39909

2021

Blacknose Crappie

Fingerling 1 - 3"

35045


Additional information for stocking on NEWTON LAKE


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

Click here for a list of all reports.

Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLACK CRAPPIE

Improving

Black crappie numbers continued to improve, but remained low. Growth rates were good and body condition remained above target. In spite of the relatively low numbers, some anglers successfully target crappie each spring and consistently reach the catch limits. The best fishing is around tree tops and the docks in the warm arm. Site Regulation: White, Black or Hybrid Crappie: 10 fish daily limit; 10" minimum length limit.

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population is in extremely poor condition. High summer temperatures (Newton Lake has very little thermal refuge) and a dense population of shad contribute to poor reproduction and slow growth. The majority of the bluegill collected were less than 6” in length and no bluegill over 7.5” were collected. This lake is not recommended for bluegill.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Excellent

Channel catfish body condition improved this year, remaining very good. High natural reproduction and recruitment in Newton Lake have historically produced large numbers of channel catfish annually. More recently, the growth rate and size structure of the population has improved. Although still dominated by smaller fish, the population contains an adequate number of large fish to provide a good quality fishery. For 2020, the majority of the catch will be comprised of fish 1 - 4 lbs. with some larger fish up to 5.5 lbs.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

The size structure of the bass population in Newton Lake remained relatively stable over the last year. The percentage of adult bass greater than the 18" minimum remained stable at 12% of the sample for the second straight year. The catch rate increased to well above the target value. This lake continues to support a very good bass population. However, the fishery is slowly beginning to show signs of change. Recent changes to regulations governing coal fired power plants have significantly reduced the amount of hot water discharged into the lake. This has resulted in a reduced growing season, and a shorter spawning season for prey species, especially gizzard shad. In short, it is transitioning from a cooling lake to an ambient lake. However, bass recruitment continues to be high, body condition is good, and growth rates remain at or above average. For 2020, Newton Lake will still provide very good angling opportunities. Anglers can expect to catch large numbers of fish from 15” – 20” in length ranging from 2 – 6 pounds. The majority of bass exceeding the 18” minimum will weigh between 3.5 – 7 pounds. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 18" minimum length limit.

WHITE BASS

Very Good

The white bass population has successfully recruited each year since they were first discovered in 1994. With few exceptions, their numbers have remained relatively constant. The electrofishing catch rate in 2019 increased and was above the historic average. The population continues to exhibit good growth rates and body condition. One large class of fish will contribute to most the fishery in 2020. Most of these fish will range from 10” – 13” with larger fish up to 17”. Fish the main lake points or troll the flats to locate fish and then cast to schools. Site Regulation: Unlimited except no more than 3 fish over 17".

Location: Newton Lake is located in Jasper County, approximately 6 miles southwest of Newton, Illinois and 18 miles southeast of Effingham, Illinois.

Description: Newton Lake is a cooling reservoir owned by Luminant. It was constructed by Central Illinois Power Company in 1975, and was leased by the IDNR and opened for fishing in 1980. Newton Lake has a surface area of 1,750 acres, an average depth of 16 feet, and a maximum depth of 40 feet. The lake has 52 miles of shoreline and a watershed of 30,720 acres.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The sport fishery in Newton Lake is best known for the largemouth bass fishery. Other conventional sport fish include white bass, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill. The lake also contains large numbers of common carp and gizzard shad. Newton Lake is open year-round with the best fishing opportunities from fall through spring. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Newton Lake is closed to fishing during the 7 days of the regular shotgun deer season. The cold arm of the lake is closed daily to fishing during the regular duck and Canada goose seasons from one-half hour before sunrise until 1:00 pm.

Tournaments: Tournaments are prohibited in June, July, and August.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth, Smallmouth or Spotted Bass: 3 fish daily limit; 18" minimum length limit
White, Black or Hybrid Crappie: 10 fish daily limit; 10" minimum length limit
White Bass: Unlimited except no more than 3 fish over 17"

Contact Information:
Newton Lake State Park
618-783-3478
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Boone LaHood
618-393-6732

There were 62 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Channel Catfish 78
Largemouth Bass 1808

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

1     7.66 lbs
2     7.40 lbs
3     7.25 lbs
4     7.24 lbs
5     7.24 lbs

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

1 397.00 lbs
2 377.44 lbs
3 298.31 lbs
4 258.00 lbs
5 243.90 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?
February-2619868ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-0519746ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoYes
March-0619799ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-1219702ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
9Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-1220994ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-1319862ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-1919972ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
YesNo
March-1921114ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
March-2019738ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-2019837ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-2620354ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
70Largemouth Bass
YesYes
March-2620631ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-2719888ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-2720887ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-02
*April-03
19834ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0220894ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0321115ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0919696ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0920888ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1021630PendingCold Water Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-1020515ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
9Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-1020919ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1021616PendingHot Water Side boat
hook
12Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
April-1520416ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-1619768ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-1619881ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2320468ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
YesYes
April-2321252ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-2420878ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2420808ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-3020454ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
70Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0119828ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0720634ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0720896ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1419715ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1421120ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-1519773ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1520995ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2121253ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2221128ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2520563ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
6Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2820781ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2920899ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-0321121ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-0419956ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1020897ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1721122ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
September-1820879ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2419789ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
9Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2420968ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2519886ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-2521131ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0121123ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-0219798ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0820561ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
YesNo
October-0820640ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0919995ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-15
*October-16
20221ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-1520898ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-1621245ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-2221124ApprovedHot Water Side boat
hook
50Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-2321255ApprovedCold Water Side boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
NoNo