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KINKAID LAKE


Lake Information

County: Jackson

Acreage: 2750

Average Depth: 25 feet

Shoreline Length: 82 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Unrestricted

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? Yes

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

Wilson Schneider Bay Marina Fish and Wildlife Johnson Creek Thompson Neck


    Click on area names for a more detailed map.
    Fish & Wildlife Area, Johnson Creek, Marina, Thompson Neck,
    Wilson Schneider Bay

Maps are not intended for navigation.


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.


Fish Stocking

Year

Species

Size

Count

2021

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

2200

2021

Muskellunge

Adult

2004

2021

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

74000

2022

Walleye

Fingerling 1 - 3"

58956


Additional information for stocking on Kinkaid Lake


Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Species

Rank

Fish Status

BLUEGILL

Poor

The bluegill population structure is poor. During the 2021 spring electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

Kinkaid Lake has an average channel catfish population. Channel catfish up to 10 pounds were collected in 2021 survey.

CRAPPIE

Good

Kinkaid Lake is known for producing large crappie. Crappie over 2 pounds are caught each year, and at least two 4-pound crappie have been caught in the last 4 years. In March 2017 a new state record hybrid crappie was caught at Kinkaid Lake. The crappie measured 18.1 inches in length and weighed 4.55 pounds. It is the largest documented crappie ever caught in Illinois. The number of crappie over 10 inches in the 2021 survey was down markedly from the 2019 survey. Eighteen percent of the crappie collected during the spring 2021 survey were over 10 inches (down from 76% in the 2019 survey). The 2021 sample catch rate was 71 crappie/hr (down from 120/hr in 2019). The sample catch rate of crappie over 9 inches was 46 crappie/hr (down from 105/hr in 2019). The sample catch rate for crappie over 10 inches was 13 crappie/hr (down from 91 fish/hr in 2019). As a result of the reduced number of crappie collected during the 2021 survey, a new crappie regulation was submitted for Kinkaid Lake. The new regulation is a 15 crappie per day creel limit of which only 10 can be over 10 inches in length. If approved the new crappie regulation would be effective on April 1, 2023. Site Regulation: White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit.

FLATHEAD CATFISH

Fair

Surveys indicate that a small number of flathead catfish are present. At least one flathead catfish has been collected in 4 of the last 7 surveys. The largest flathead collected in the 2021 survey was 4.5 pounds.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Of the bass collected during the 2021 spring survey, 45% were over the minimum 16 inch size limit and 19% were over 18 inches. Eight percent of all largemouth bass collected were between 15-16 inches. The largest bass collected in the 2021 survey was 6.2 pounds. Site Regulation: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit.

MUSKELLUNGE

Excellent

Kinkaid Lake is one of the premier muskie lakes in Illinois. Muskie are stocked annually and many are caught each year in excess of 40 inches. During the 2021 spring survey 89 muskies were collected and the largest muskie measured 46 inches in length. Anglers are encouraged to NOT fish for muskie in the warmer summer months as angling mortality is believed to be very high especially, for larger muskie. Please report tagged MUE to IDNR Fish Biologist Shawn Hirst at 618-559-5009 or email at Shawn.Hirst@illinois.gov. Anglers reporting a tagged muskie will receive information on the history of that fish. If the tag number is covered with algae, simply scrape the algae away with your fingernail or a knife. Please provide tag number (5 digits), length, and catch date. Please do not remove the tag. Site Regulation: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit.

REDEAR SUNFISH

Average

The redear population is average. Of the redear collected in the 2021 spring electrofishing survey, 40% were over seven-inches in length. A few redear sunfish over 8 inches were also collected.

WALLEYE

Average

IDNR annually stocks walleye into Kinkaid Lake, and fish up to 11 pounds have been collected in netting surveys. Walleye numbers are not high, but trophy-sized fish can be caught. The best areas are in front of the dam and spillway during spring high water events. During 2021 trap netting, the largest walleye collected measured 27 inches. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit.

Location: Kinkaid Lake is located in Jackson County three miles northwest of Murphysboro off of State Route 149.

Description: There are 3 public boat launching facilities around the Lake. Kinkaid Lake is 2750 acres in size, has a shoreline length of 82 miles and a maximum depth of 80 feet. The NW portion of the Lake consists of a 3-mile no-wake zone.

Additional Lake Information: Kinkaid Lake receives a tremendous amount of recreational boat traffic during the hot summer months especially on the weekends and holidays. To avoid the crowd, anglers may consider fishing early in the morning and/or during the week. The upper NW portion of Kinkaid Lake is referred to as the Johnson Creek Area. About 3 miles of this area is a no wake zone that gets very turbid for multiple days after heavy rain events. Threadfin shad are stocked into this lake when available as a supplemental forage base. All live bait in excess of 8" must be rigged with a quick set rig.

Tagged Fish: Please report tagged muskie to the Department of Natural Resources at 618-559-5009. Please provide tag number, length of muskie, and catch date.

Fishing Tournaments: Any fishing tournament with 80 or more anglers or 40 or more boats must obtain a permit from the Kinkaid-Reed- Creek Conservancy District (618-687-1722) in addition to the tournament permit from the IDNR. No tournaments over 39 boats are allowed during June-July-August.

Maps of 50 permanent Kinkaid Lake fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to Shawn.Hirst@Illinois.gov

Site Regulations:
Largemouth/smallmouth bass: 3 fish daily limit; 16" minimum length limit
Muskie: 1 fish daily limit; 48" minimum length limit
White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit; 9" minimum length limit
Walleye: 6 fish daily limit; 14" minimum length limit

Contact Information:
Kinkaid Lake Fish and Wildlife Area
618-684-2867
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-559-5009

There were 95 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2021.

Species Total Fish Caught
Crappie 82
Largemouth Bass 3254
Muskellunge 15

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

1     6.75 lbs
2     6.65 lbs
3     6.63 lbs
4     6.61 lbs
5     6.39 lbs

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

1 352.84 lbs
2 312.52 lbs
3 283.22 lbs
4 282.88 lbs
5 273.97 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?
October-01
*October-02
20436ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
18Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0820021ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-0921467ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-15
*October-16
20144ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Muskellunge
NoYes
October-15
*October-16
21096ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-1622373PendingPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-22
*October-23
20254ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
November-05
*November-06
20424ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
36Muskellunge
NoYes
November-1220039ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoNo