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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

Blacknose Crappie

Fingerling 1 - 3"

2480

2022

Largemouth Bass

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"

500

2022

Muskellunge

Adult

2091

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 2022 spring electrofishing survey, no bluegill over 8 inches were collected.

CHANNEL CATFISH

Average

Kinkaid Lake has an average channel catfish population. Nine channel catfish (20-28 inches) were collected in 2022 survey.

CRAPPIE

Average

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 2022 survey was down markedly from the 2019 and 2021 surveys. Only Eightn percent of the crappie collected during the spring 2022 survey were over 10 inches (down from 76% in the 2019 survey and 18% in the 2021 survey). The sample catch rate of crappie over 9 inches was 25 crappie/hr (down from 105/hr in 2019 and 46/hr in 2021). The sample catch rate for crappie over 10 inches was 9 crappie/hr (down from 91 fish/hr in 2019, and 13 in 2021). As a result of the reduced number of crappie collected during the 2022 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. The new crappie regulation will 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 5 of the last 8 surveys. The only flathead collected in the 2022 survey was 12 inches.

LARGEMOUTH BASS

Very Good

Of the bass collected during the 2022 spring survey, 29% were over the minimum 16 inch size limit and 16% were over 18 inches. Five percent of all largemouth bass collected were between 15-16 inches. The largest bass collected in the 2022 survey was 6.4 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 2022 spring survey 187 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. A few redear sunfish over 8 inches are present.

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. No walleye were collected during 2022 trap netting survey. However, inclement weather and high water flows prevented IDNR from setting the most productive walleye trap net for 3 days out of the 4 day survey. 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 53 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2022.

Species Total Fish Caught
Crappie 167
Largemouth Bass 1817
Muskellunge 64

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2022 tournaments:

1     7.80 lbs
2     7.38 lbs
3     6.94 lbs
4     6.92 lbs
5     6.38 lbs

Top 5 Total Tournament Weight of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2022 tournaments:

1 467.56 lbs
2 387.42 lbs
3 375.17 lbs
4 344.20 lbs
5 280.13 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.

2022-2023 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Youth? Open to Public?
March-1122754ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
March-1223602ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
March-1723163ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
YesYes
March-1822468ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
YesYes
March-1923438ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Crappie
NoNo
March-2522570ApprovedJohnson Creek boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
YesYes
March-2522993ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
75Largemouth Bass
YesYes
March-2523813ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
March-2622436ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0122576ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
April-0224024ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-0823603ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-0823638ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
April-1423165ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
YesYes
April-1523934PendingMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
YesNo
April-1623181ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2123676ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
YesNo
April-2323927ApprovedJohnson Creek boat
hook
8Largemouth Bass
NoNo
April-2922611ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
April-29
*April-30
22774ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Muskellunge
NoYes
April-2923547ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
9Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-0623984PendingPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1323604ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-1324012ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2022454ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
May-2023639ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
May-2623168ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
YesYes
May-2722650ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
June-0224251PendingMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-0323581ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-0324241ApprovedJohnson Creek boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0423077ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-0423790ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
June-1023605ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1023640ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
June-1123369PendingPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
June-1722721ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
June-2324252PendingMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-0723935PendingMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
35Largemouth Bass
YesNo
July-08
*July-09
23190ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1424253PendingMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-1523186ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
19Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1523606ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
40Largemouth Bass
NoNo
July-1624029ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
July-2322707ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-0424254PendingMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
August-05
*August-06
23391ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-2623885ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoNo
August-26
*August-27
24033ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
30Largemouth Bass
YesNo
September-0922773ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
September-0924076PendingPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
25Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1622440ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
80Largemouth Bass
YesNo
September-1723196ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
September-1724025ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
15Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-0723642ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
39Largemouth Bass
NoYes
October-14
*October-15
22811ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
25Muskellunge
NoYes
October-14
*October-15
23503ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
October-2122805ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
60Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
NoNo
October-2123202ApprovedPaul Ice (25 boat limit) boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
October-21
*October-22
23878ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
7Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
NoNo
October-2223203ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
20Largemouth Bass
NoNo
November-04
*November-05
23027ApprovedMt Joy/Main Ramp/Kinkaid Marina boat
hook
38Muskellunge
NoYes